Vintage Photos of the Logging Operations at Elk/Greenwood

A century ago the population of Elk/Greenwood was 10 times as large as today’s. Schooners from the L.E. White Lumber Co. sailed regularly from San Francisco and early tourists took the 14 hour ride for $5, dinner and bunk included. The town had ten hotels each with a saloon and there five other saloons. Each of the ethnic groups which worked in the mill: Finns, Swedes, Irish, Russians and Chinese congregated in “their” saloon.

This shot was taken at one of the loading areas. The text on the photo (click to enlarge) provides the details:

Elk/Greenwood landing

A train took the logs to the Mill:

Look at the logs about to be dumped into the Elk/Greenwood Log Pond

The Mill and the town:

Great picture of the Town of Elk/Greenwood, the Mill and the Log Dump

Shipping out the lumber also required a major feat of engineering. At the end of the wharf the lumber was put on a sling and winched to ships moored offshore. The train did not go down the incline. Gravity was used and then a horse (called “Maude”) pulled the empties back up to the mill. At low tide if you clamber along the foot of the cliffs you can see the concrete remains of the footings that supported the end of the wharf.

View of the wharf at Elk/Greenwood

If you enlarge the above photo (click on it) you can see the wires going out to the waiting schooner.