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9781609497415

West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Company : Early Logging in Northeastern California

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  • ISBN13:

    9781609497415

  • ISBN10:

    1609497414

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-16
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Summary

In the late 1800s, the green gold of California’s inland timber belt included the sticky long-coned sugar pine and cinnamon-dusted ponderosa pine of Big Chico Creek Canyon. Tucked into the steep terrain of present day Butte County, the bustling West Branch Mill employed hardy jackies to move logs from the foothills east of Chico to waiting markets in Sacramento, Marysville, and San Francisco. Local author Andy Mark recounts the lesser-known history of the West Branch Mill, recalling a time when resident physician Newton Enloe treated the reckless men who faced daily peril, John Bidwell’s bumpy Humboldt Wagon Road was the only route to town, and Big Chico Creek was lined with elevated gravity flumes running logs and ambulance rafts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Before the West Branch Millp. 11
When the West Branch Mill Opened in Big Ghico Creek Canyonp. 32
Obstacles and Accomplishmentsp. 43
Unfortunate Accidents and Narrow Escapesp. 59
The Company Doctorp. 76
Celebrations and Other Good Timesp. 90
The End of an Erap. 99
Appendix: Mysteries of the Flumep. 111
Notesp. 115
Bibliographyp. 121
Indexp. 123
About the Authorp. 127
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