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Scotia and #9 Heisler Geared Steam Locomotive, ca. 19601162 viewsA proud old-timer retired with honors and now standing guard over the Scotia Museum (ex- Community Center). #9 was built to carry excursionists to the top of Mt. Tamalpais over the steep and winding Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad; once considered to be the ultimate in pleasure and excitement. She later went to work in the woods of Northern California and is now the proud property of Pacific Lumber Company.
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Pacific Lumber Company Drying Deck, ca. 19601192 viewsFork lift stacking lumber at the Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia.
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Pacific Lumber Company Log Pond, ca. 19601451 viewsOne of the largest in the area, the Scotia Pond had a storage capacity of 12 million board feet of lumber. Employees used pike poles to guide the logs to the sawmill.
Notes from a pond monkey:
"After lunch you come back and discover that the wind has changed and the logs have all drifted back across the pond. (Note: the wind ALWAYS blows the wrong way at EVERY sawmill. Seems like they PLAN it that way!). So grab the old 'idiot stick' (16 foot long aluminum pike pole) and walk around the edge of the pond until you can get out on some timber. Line up a bunch of these 'pecker poles' and then start prying them over to the bull chain. You pry them over by sticking the pike pole down to the bottom of the pond, and then pry them over in the general direction of the bull chain. You better have them lined up evenly, or you can't steer 'em. Not only that, but the turn could break up, and you would have to line them all up again if you had time. Nothing to it: just watch your step or you will find out the hard way about that old adage, 'easy as falling off a log' and the guy that made THAT one up wasn't just bumping his gums, by gum."
"Just in case any of you readers should ever want to be a pond monkey, here are a few fool proof rules to go by: Never ride a lone log out beyond reach of other logs as you just might run aground on a sinker and have to swim back. Always run zig-zag over the logs, and never, never zig when you ought to zag! Keep loose chunks of bark out of your corks, and watch for loose bark on the logs. Always wear wool underwear because no matter how cold and wet you get, you are always warm and dry! Watch your step when a load of logs is dumped into the pond! That's also the best time to break up a floating jam. If you do fall in, don't try to climb out on the SIDE of a log, as it just keeps turning. Climb out on the END of a log. If you are on nights, don't EVER light a cigarette while on a log as the flash will blind you and you will fall in."
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Scotia/Rio Dell area from Monument Road2185 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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Scotia Panorama, 19121151 viewsKnown in 1882 as Forestville, Scotia is one of the few company towns still in existence. By 1888 the mill was the largest producer of lumber in Humboldt County. The Pacific Lumber Company and its employees weathered economic downturns, fires, floods, supplied the lumber for rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, and World War I. At the time this photograph was taken the mill employed about a thousand people and its new mill was hailed as the largest, most modern and best equipped sawmill on the West Coast. On the right, in the distance and across the river you can see the town of Wildwood (Rio Dell today). Check out this photo as a 6297 x 990 high resolution download, 1.2MB.
   
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