Near Castella in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The story starts around 1902 when the first sawmill at Sims was built. During this time, logs were transported to the sawmill by horses and steam donkeys. In order to increase productivity, a small logging railroad was built at Sims in 1913. They used a small steam locomotive with flat cars to transport logs to the mill.
Water, kept in a tank like the one in front of you, was heated up by burning wood. The steam produced was then held under pressure and used for powering the locomotive. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 41° 3.609′ N, 122° 21.768′ W. Marker is near Castella, California, in Shasta County. Marker can be reached from Sims Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Sims Flat Forest Service campground, near camp site #8, at the east end on Sims Road, Exit 721 off Interstate 5. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26980 Sims Road, Castella CA 96017, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sawmill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); CCC Camp (1934-1939) (about 700 feet away); Sims Bridge: A CCC First Southern Hotel and Stage Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle Rock (approx. 6½ miles away); A Relic from the Old Logging Days (approx. 6½ miles away); Stone Turnpike Memorial Freeway (approx. 10 miles away); Klub Klondike (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castella.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.