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Tired Track1331 views
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We're Number One!1187 viewsIn 1856 there were nine mills on Humboldt Bay and they were producing more lumber than anyplace else on the coast. Eureka soon had the most "extensive lumber district in the state" according to a state report. Loggers and lumbermen were a creative bunch as evidenced by the numerous inventions locally that advanced logging technology. One such local inventor was John Dolbeer of the Dolbeer and Carson Lumber Company. His adaptation and patent of the steam donkey revolutionized logging on the entire west coast and beyond. His first donkey was patented in April 1882 and an "improved logging machine," the vertical spool donkey, in December of 1883. He also patented a logging locomotive at the same time. Fort Humboldt's Elk River & Lumber Co. No. 1 is a Dolbeer locomotive as is Bear Harbor No. 1. They are the only two that still exist.
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Real Men Don't Wear Shirts1291 viewsLogging Competition at Fort Humboldt State Park.
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Trinidad Wharf, 18931748 viewsSteamer Eddy taking on a cargo at the Charles B. Ryder's wharf on Trinidad Head. The wharf railway was mule-powered. For more information about Trinidad and more historical pictures visit J. Scott Shannon's http://trinidadbay.net/ web site.
From the Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library
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Scotia1150 viewsPhoto courtesy of Keir
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Flat Iron Tree1133 viewsNear Bull Creek
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Sequoia's Last Stand1298 views
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Logging Locomotives1123 views
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Scotia/Rio Dell area from Monument Road2197 viewsThis is part of a panorama which you can find here. Scotia is on the right side of the bridge, Rio Dell on its left. We were evaluating a new camera and didn't yet have the skylight filter to eliminate that blue haze.
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Logging Conference1304 views
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Newburgh Mill Town1104 viewsThe Eel Valley Lumber Company (page contains link to hi-res picture) was located in a valley north of Fortuna. This same road today leads to the Headwaters Preserve.
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Scotia Livery Stable243 views
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