Near Cleone in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In 1883, the Laguna Point loading operation served two sawmills - one at Laguna Creek (today's Mill Creek) and the other at Ten Mile River.
At Laguna Point, ships were loaded by sliding cargo down an "apron chute" to the deck. In 1885, winter storms washed away the chute and wharf. The apron chute was replaced by a "wire chute," which lowered bundles of lumber via cables.
In 1887, the Little Valley Lumber Company built a 2.5-mile-long, gravity-driven tramway from its mill near the town of Cleone to Laguna Point. Full rail cars coasted down hill to the shipping yard, and horses hauled them back to the mill.
Laguna Creek Mill and the tramway shut down in 1904. Although railroad ties and tanbark continued to travel out of Laguna Point until 1920, most lumber was shipped out of Fort Bragg.
From Railroad to Coast Trail
MacKerricher's coastal trail began as a logging railroad in 1916. In 1949, a road was built to transport logs by truck. The Lake Cleone railroad trestle burned down in the early 1960s. You can walk the same haul road today.
Erected by California State Parks.
Location. 39° 29.408′ N, 123° 48.103′ W. Marker is near Cleone, California, in Mendocino County. Marker is on Mill Creek Drive near Shoreline Highway (California Route 1). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Bragg CA 95437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harvesting the Shore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Surrounded By Trees (approx. 2.7 miles away); Our Past Through Our Trash (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Weller House (approx. 3 miles away); Dynamite Shack (approx. 3 miles away); Fort Building (approx. 3 miles away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Bragg (approx. 3.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Laguna Point Trail in MacKerricher State Park.
Also see . . .
1. West Coast lumber trade - Wikipedia (Submitted on August 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Dog-hole ports - Wikipeidia. There were four major methods of loading ships at dog-holes: lightering, slide, apron or gravity chutes, wire or trapeze chutes, and wharfing.  At first shippers used lighters to ferry cargo out to anchored ships, but this was a slow process. By 1860 a gravity chute called an apron or slide chute was developed. It consisted of an A-frame on the bluff and an apron that could be adjusted to the height of the ships’ decks. Lumbermen sent down cargo from the bluff, which was as high as 150 feet, by the chute powered by gravity. (Submitted on August 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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