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Panaca in Lincoln County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill

 
 
Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
1. Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill Marker
Inscription. This steam engine powered a portable sawmill in the Clover Valley Mountains of Lincoln County. Brought to the West in the late 1860s by William and O.P. Sherwood of Pioche, the engine changed hands several times during its half century of operation. Lyman Woods and George Edwards of Panaca purchased the sawmill equipment in 1889 and cut timber into the first decades of the 20th century. They were the last owners to operate the Clover Valley Mountains steam engine.
Local lumbering ventures were generally small-scale, employing a dozen men to cut pinyon and ponderosa pine and to guide the teams of horses, mules or oxen which dragged the felled logs to the mill. Workers at the sawmill fed firewood and water to the engine boiler, generating steam pressure to drive the pistons of the engine. Belts attached to the flywheels propelled a carriage track and the saw blade, mounted on a separate unit behind the steam engine. Logs were passed through the saw blade to remove bark and square them for finishing. Successive passes through the saw blade planed the rough-cut logs into mining timbers, railroad ties, and building materials. Loads of finished lumber were then freighted by wagon many miles over rugged terrain to local mining camps and settlements. The six ton steam engine and other sawmill equipment were moved to a new location whenever
Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
2. Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill Marker
the nearby timber stands were cut.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 37° 47.742′ N, 114° 23.105′ W. Marker is in Panaca, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street and C Street, on the left when traveling north on 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Panaca NV 89042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panaca Spring (a few steps from this marker); Panaca Ward Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Panaca Mercantile (approx. 0.4 miles away); Panaca (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cathedral Gorge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bullionville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Miller's Point / Cathedral Gorge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Wheeler Monument (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panaca.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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