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Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site

 
 
Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
1. Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker
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Inscription. You would have heard the buzz of saw blades, the roar of trains and trucks moving logs in and lumber out, the blast of steam from the smoke stack, and the set-your-watch-by-it blow of the lunch whistle. But that's all gone now.
The old mill that supplied 500 to 2,000 workers with gainful employment for generations shut down operation in 2002.
While we now have access to our coastline and can restore wildlife habitat along the bluffs, there is a trade-off. Fort Bragg has suffered a loss of our economy and to the vitality and pride of many working people. A major part of our community has changed.

Timeline across the bottom: 1884: Fort Bragg Redwood Lumber Co. 1892-1969: Union Lumber Co. 1969-1973 Boise Cascade 1973-2002 Georgia-Pacific Lumber Co.
 
Erected by City of Fort Bragg.
 
Location. 39° 26.616′ N, 123° 48.78′ W. Marker is in Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino County. Marker can be reached from West Elm Street near Glass Beach Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 West Elm Street, Fort Bragg CA 95437, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dynamite Shack (approx. mile away); Charles Russell Johnson
Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
2. Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker
The Drying Sheds, in the background, are the only buildings remaining from the lumber mill.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Bragg (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Weller House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Building (approx. half a mile away); Our Past Through Our Trash (approx. half a mile away); Surrounded By Trees (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bragg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is found on the Glass Beach (Bluffs) Trail at Noyo Headlands Park in Fort Bragg.
 
Also see . . .  The Fort Bragg Mill Site - Anderson Valley Advertiser. Fast forward to 1885. Charles Russell Johnson, future Lumber Baron of Mendocino, buys into a Mill Creek operation that was to become Union Lumber. Within four years (1889), the Town of Fort Bragg was incorporated, with Mr. Johnson as the first mayor... For the next 100 or so years, it could truly be said that Fort Bragg was a company town. (Submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Vintage Postcard
3. Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site Marker
Edgers, and showing Log Way running to Double Cutting Band Saw, Union Lumber Co. Fort Bragg, Cal. image. Click for full size.
By Vintage Postcard
4. Edgers, and showing Log Way running to Double Cutting Band Saw, Union Lumber Co. Fort Bragg, Cal.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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