Loyalton in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Farming and dairy were the primary business, producing renowned cheese products. In the 1880s timber became more important with five lumber mills in Loyalton, and several more in the vicinity.
With the completion of the Boca & Loyalton Railroad in 1901, the town incorporated to support the lumber industry. Along with incorporation came the ability to outlaw certain activities seen as detrimental to the industry work force such as alcohol consumption. For that reason, city limits were pushed deep into the surrounding forests, making Loyalton one of the largest cities in area in California (some 50 square miles) until the lines were finally redrawn in the 1930s to the modest one or less square mile city limits of today, and the largely ignored liquor restrictions were lifted.
With the decline of gold mines, in 1915 the lumber industry experienced a slump
Following WW II, the dairy industry was replaced by beef cattle on the surrounding ranches. The last two dairies ceased operations in the 1950s.
Founded as a farming community and its economy boosted by a century of lumbering, it has survived as the largest and only incorporated City within Sierra County.
Erected 2007 by E Clampus Vitus, Major William Downie Chapter No. 1849.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 40.547′ N, 120° 14.563′ W. Marker is in Loyalton, California, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Second Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Main Street, Loyalton CA 96118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beckwourth Pass (approx. 10.6 miles away); Welcome to Kyburz Flat (approx. 11.9 miles away); Hope Lodge No. 234 F & AM (approx. 12.4 miles away); Step Back In Time (approx. 13.7 miles away); Sierra Valley History (approx. 13.7 miles away); James P. Beckwourth Ranch and Trading Post (approx. 13.7 miles away); Beckwourth Trail – The Road Forks (approx. 13.7 miles away); James P. Beckwourth (approx. 13.9 miles away).
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 347 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.