The Rollerville Flume

Near Point Arena in the late 1860s timber men Stevens and Whitmore began to exploit about 7,000 acres of redwood timberland on the watershed of the Garcia River, some five bee-line miles inland from Point Arena. Their Garcia Mill cut 40,000 board feet per day, and in one eight month season produced eight million feet. The problem they faced was getting the lumber to market. They were stymied because they could not secure a right-of-way to build a railroad to the Point Arena wharf. The grades were too steep and attempts to haul by wagon had to be abandoned. Clever Mr. Stevens, however, had a neat solution; a transportation system with water power at the heart of it.

As usual there are not too many pics of the flume. Those we have are located on this and this page. Time rolls on and I now have another photo to add to the collection. Click on the photo to read the text at the bottom.

Flume using water from the Gualala River

Flume using water from the Gualala River