Eagle’s nest was located twenty miles from Fort Braggon along the Skunk Train Route. Eagle’s Nest was on the north side of the tracks across from Rest Haven just east of Camp 7. The annual Union Lumber Company picnic was held there every year. Hank Simonson (a club member who has passed) was a regular on the picnic and he fondly remembered the swimming hole there and the wonderful food. Hank’s father was an accomplished violinist and was one of the band that played at the picnic. Below is a picture of the 1919 picnic trains.
Here is the pic that appeared in the Westport Wave of September 1, 2013:
Two bridges at the same time? Er, no. Let Thad Van Beuren, archaeologist and local author, explain:
“Jan Haagen-Smit shared the image above of two former bridges over the lower Ten Mile River. I’m guessing this was taken around the time the railroad was converted to the haul road in 1949. The bridge on the right was built in 1916 at the time that the (Union Lumber Company’s) Ten Mile Branch railroad was constructed. There is evidence of recent demolition of the railway with bulldozer tracks and rails in the foreground. The old bridge is blocked off and a car is visible on the new low-slung bridge. The approaches to the new bridge are very newly placed fill with no plant growth. It was a time of big changes in the woods and along the state highway.”
I was over at Roger Thornburn’s house a week or so ago working on a project. After our “work” we spent some time looking at “stuff” which Roger (our computer guru) had accumulated which we had not used in the websites. One of the “things” was this movie. The text and maps were added by Roger as was the music. The movie details logging from A to Z. It’s quite long (38 mins) but worth watching if you are into the history of Mendocino County logging. If you don’t have the time for the whole “show” just take a peek at the maps that Roger has inserted at the beginning.
Thanks for your efforts Roger.
The ability of the Union Lumber Company mill here in Fort Bragg to cut very large logs was due to the introduction of a Band-saw in place of a circular saw. The circular saws were very wasteful because of their thickness. You can see a circular saw in operation at Sturgeon’s Mill at Green Hill road in Sebastopol, CA.
Some of the blades were very large to handle the huge tree trunks:
The circular sawbades’ replacement was a band saw blade. This pic shows one similar to those used in the Union Lumber Company.
Now suppose you were building an Egyptian monument (pyramid?) 5,000 years ago. Is this how they cut those blocks of granite? A giant circular saw with a copper blade
In our website there is a gallery of pictures of log ponds attached to mills up and down the Mendocino Coast – see here. Alas, there are no pics of the log pond that belonged the biggest mill on the Mendocino Coast, that of ULC here in Fort Bragg. Well, that has changed as I have just unearthed not one but two pics of the ULC log pond:
We have a pretty good page on the Union Lumber Company’s (ULC) Pier at Fort Bragg. However every snippet of history is important. The text and pictures below are, I think, taken from a 75th anniversary publication of the ULC in 1960. There are a few new “bits” therein including, so far as I know, the only pic of the pier being built..
Captain Jack Bostrom was for many years captain of National Steamship Co. steam schooners,
C.R Johnson, the owner of the ULC, towed the first pilings for the pier, two at a time, down the Noyo River (Fort Bragg) and up the coast with a row-boat.
The National City was owned by the National Steamship Co. 310 gross tons when she was built in 1888. She was ultimately sold to Peru in 1918. In 1907 she was said to be the fastest boat on the Mendocino Coast.
Towing a log raft from Fort Bragg in 1886, Several ofthese rafts were built but they proved to be unsuccessful as
they broke up at sea.
The Noyo was the first three steam schooners of the name, “Noyo” owned and operated by the ULC and the National Steamship Co. She was 316 gross tons when built in 1888. She hit a rock off of Albion on February 26th 1918 and sunk in tow off of Point Arena.
The barkentine S.C. Allen (690 tons when built) tied up at the Fort Bragg pier. She is loading for a trip to Honolulu on November 2, 1909. Her cargo consisted of 591,000 board feet of redwood, 28,000 board feet of split posts and 34,000 board feet of redwood shingles.
The S.S. Brunswick (512 tons) was owned by the National Steamship Co, She was built in 1898 and sold in 1931. She carried 40 passengers in addition to her cargo of lumber. She was said to have carried the first load of Dole pineapples rom Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
The Union Lumber Company’s Ten Mile Branch ran from the Mill site in Fort Bragg north along the coast over five trestles till it came to Ten Mile River. At Ten Mile River the railroad made a huge sweeping turn to follow the river eastwards inland.
The ocean front portion of the Ten Mile Railroad route is now a dedicated hiking and equestrian trail from Pudding Creek to Ten Mile. Between 1916 and 1949, the Ten Mile Railroad was a working logging line carrying few passengers except for woods workers and their families who lived in the camps along the Ten Mile River. After the change to truck hauling in 1949, Union Lumber and successors Boise-Cascade and Georgia-Pacific used the railroad route as a logging road until 1983 when winter storms damaged the oceanfront portion of the road. The old railroad bed east of the Ten Mile Bridge is still used by Georgia-Pacific [and its current owners] as a logging road.
The railroad was discontinued June 17, 1949 and replaced by a private trucking road, which in turn was abandoned in 1983. The road is now owned by the people of California through the State Parks system.
North of the access to MacKerricher State Park at Ward Avenue, the route of the Ten Mile Railroad enters the ocean side edge of the Ten Mile sand dunes. The transition point, where the bluffs end and the dunes begin, was the site of a major El Nino washout in February 1998 when the remains of an old railroad trestle could be seen after the pavement toppled to the beach. Subsequent storms washed away most of this trestle.
Last winter there was a lot of heavy surf and very high tides along the coast with a lot movement of the beach and much debris washed up. Club member Mike Aplet and his charming wife are great hikers. They recently (Spring 2017) walked along the beach along the Inglenook Fen section of the Ten Mile Branch found, and photographed – see below – pieces of the Inglenook Fen Trestle.
Rare photos of something long gone.
Here’s the pic:
The more I looked at the photo the more confused I became. The pier on the left looks like it is going inland. So, I flipped it: