Scotia in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Paciﬁc Lumber Company
Established 1869 in Humboldt County
Originally named Forestville, the town name was changed to Scotia in 1888. Scotia is one of the last company-owned towns. With a population of 1200, almost everyone works for the Pacific Lumber Co. Today there are two sawmills in Scotia, including Mill B, the world's largest redwood lumber manufacturing facility, built in 1910. The Pacific Lumber Company is Humboldt County's largest private employer, providing jobs for nearly 1600 people. Dedicated to preserving a heritage, producing high quality redwood and douglas fir lumber products and continuing that tradition for the future.
Native Sons of the Golden West
Jesse M. Garcia Grand President
February 14, 1998
Erected 1998 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Grand Parlor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 40° 28.996′ N, 124° 6.152′ W. Marker is in Scotia, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles south of Church Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scotia Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Helwer (approx. 4.2 miles away); Humboldt Redwoods State Park (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Eel River Starts on Your Street (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fernbridge (approx. 10.6 miles away); Joseph C. Oeschger Field (approx. 10.6 miles away); Old Firemen's Pavilion (approx. 10.6 miles away); Danish Hall (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotia.
Also see . . .
1. The Town of Scotia. The Town of Scotia has a rich history as one of America's longest surviving "company towns." These towns, once common throughout the country, are entirely owned and operated by the companies. In the 1880's, Pacific Lumber Company started logging operations in Humboldt County and needed housing for the loggers. The first employee bunkhouse was built in Scotia in 1884. Mill A in Scotia was completed in 1887, employing 150 men. By that year, a boarding house and 100 individual houses had sprung up as Scotia grew. The following (Submitted on November 9, 2012.)
2. Pacific Lumber Company. Wikipedia article (retrieved 11/08/2012): The Pacific Lumber Company was started in 1863. Though it employed over 350 people in its final days in 2008, there were over 1,600 employees at the turn of the millennium. The company itself was a tourist attraction that once welcomed visitors for a tour of the (now permanently closed) largest Redwood Mill ever constructed, which included an unusual hydraulic debarker. The quaint town adjacent to the mill is still open to public visits. Pacific Lumber has been at the center of multiple controversies since a hostile takeover by Maxxam, Inc. (of Texas), that was completed in 1986, changing its status from stable employer to one of controversy and finally instability. The controversy is partly (Submitted on November 9, 2012.)
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