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Near Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sturgeon's Mill

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
1. Sturgeon's Mill Marker
Inscription.
In 1913 Wade Sturgeon purchased 1850's sawmill equipment from the Korbel Brothers and operated the mill from 1914 through 1923 on Coleman Valley Road. It was then disassembled and moved seven miles inland by horse-drawn sleds and wagons to its present location. The mill was reassembled and began operation in 1924. Wade, his wife Esther and sons Ralph and Merl live on this site. This is also where Wade created his Woodlands garden.
In 1943 Wade sold the mill to his son Ralph and Ralph's friend James E. Henningsen. They operated the mill on a handshake until 1963. The mill then sat idle for 30 years. In 1964 James passed his interest in the mill to his son Harvey.
In 1993 former mill workers had a 30th year reunion at which seven preservationist, some of them former mill crew members, donated $100 each to begin the Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Project. Ironically Wade Sturgeon paid $700 for the mill in 1913.
In 2002 Ralph Sturgeon died and his share on the sawmill partnership was passed on to his son Bob and daughter Essie Sturgeon Doty. In 2003, after years of restoration work, Sturgeon's Mill was reborn with its first open house of the public and in 2007 was again powered by steam.
Sturgeon's Mill has retained most of its original records, hand tools, rolling stock and 1800's steam powered equipment from
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
2. Sturgeon's Mill Marker
the original 1913 Coleman Valley sawmill.
This monument honors generations of local sawmill families and a skilled volunteer crew that restored and operates this working museum.

 
Erected 2011 by E. Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1 in cooperation with the City of Mill Valley.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 24.765′ N, 122° 53.778′ W. Marker is near Sebastopol, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Green Hill Road near Occidental Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2150 Green Hill Road, Sebastopol CA 95472, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Sturgeons Mill (here, next to this marker); Freestone House (approx. 3 miles away); Hogan Building (approx. 4.1 miles away); Running Fence (approx. 4.6 miles away); Watson School (approx. 4.6 miles away); First Power Commercial Sawmill (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Wohler Ranch -- 1856 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Potter School Est. 1873 (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sebastopol.
 
Also see . . .
Sturgeon's Mill sawdust burner image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
3. Sturgeon's Mill sawdust burner

1. Sturgeon's Mill. Sturgeonís mill is a 105 year old steam powered sawmill. We are a working museum that is open 4 weekends a year to the general public. On these weekends historians, gear heads, steam heads and students of California history come to “Step back into History” at our museum. (Submitted on April 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Sturgeon's Mill - Sebastopol, CA - YouTube. A real working lumber mill in Sonoma County - open 4 weekends per year. (Submitted on April 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
4. Donkey engine
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
5. Stationary engine
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
6. Sturgeon's Mill
Sturgeon's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, circa 1914
7. Sturgeon's Mill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 308 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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