Rollerville Water Wheel at the termination of the Rollerville Flume

What is a flume? A log flume is a flume specifically constructed to transport lumber and logs down mountainous terrain using flowing water.

Where is Rollerville? Rollerville (sometimes called Flumeville) was just north of Point Arena. How did it get its name …….

The Garcia Mill was located up the Garcia River – it comes out to the sea at Gualala. A railroad wasn’t feasible to haul the cut lumber to the coast because of the terrain. Getting the lumber to close to the coast (six miles?) a flume was constructed. Here you can see the cut lumber being placed in the flume.

Loading lumber into the Rollerville Flume

Loading lumber into the Rollerville Flume

The flume stopped in front of a 10o foot high hill. And, how did the lumber get transported from the bottom to the top? A gigantic 24 foot high water wheel powered a hoist.

24 foot high water wheel

24 foot high water wheel

Look very carefully at the photo above. In the middle of the wheel a man is standing.

What happened to the lumber when it got to the top of the hill? Horse and car was used to haul the lumber to the chute that took the lumber from the top of the cliff down to the waiting schooners.

Chute used by Garcia Mill

Chute used by Garcia Mill

Elk/Greenwood L E White Lumber Co’s Crummy

First – What is a “Crummy”. It was an early term for a logger’s bed roll and possessions.Latterly it is the word used for the vehicle that hauls the loggers to the work site in the woods. From what one can gather it was usually a vehicle in deplorable condition and barely functional. Crummies weren’t vehicles that were the subject of the discerning photographer. This photo shows the crummy belonging (I think) to the L.E. White lumber Company of Elk/Greenwwod. It was on its way to Camp 11 one ridge east of Highway 1 and west of Cold Springs.

Crummy on the way to the woods

Crummy on the way to the woods

The propulsion is an automobile converted to rail pulling a flat car. No shelter for anyone, What a way to go to work!!!!!

Pomo of Southern Mendocino and Northern Sonoma Counties

This map comes from a book, “The Mendonoma Coast.”

Map of Pomo Villages along the Southern Mendocino Coast and Northern Sonoma Coast

Map of Pomo Villages along the Southern Mendocino Coast and Northern Sonoma Coast

As you can see there were lots of villages. Many of the villages were along the coast – the Pomo preferred the open spaces to the shadowy redwoods.

And today? Narry a one. Why? Well, I can assure you that they didn’t all die of old age.

What a stunning commercial from the BBC

I don’t think that in the 750 plus Hobo Laments blogs that I have written I have ever “featured” a TV commercial. I have received three different links to this 2011 commercial from wildly different sources each with a different “intro”. This is the intro I like best ‘cos I REALLY agree with it.

Every night and day we sit and moan about the rubbish being ticked off as commercials that we are forced to watch by our commercial networks. If only we could make commercials like this one there would be no complaints forthcoming. This really is magic. Enjoy.”

 The heads up came from wife Sarah’s charming friend Sandi Smith.
I’ve watched it nine times.

 

CWR’s (California Western Railroad) M100 Railbus when she was yellow

CWR’s (California Western Railroad) M100 Railbus wasn’t always the colour she is now – maroon. For many years she was yellow. Here’s a gallery of her in her canary finery: