Along the Line:
McCloud Sawmills

The sawmills of the McCloud River Lumber Company and its successors provided the only reason for the town and railroad in the first place, as both existed only to support the mill's conversion of trees to merchantable products. Many more photos and much more information on their operations can be found scattered elsewhere on this site, especially in the Locomotive Roster, Lumber Company, and Customers section.

An early photo of the original sawmill located on the south end of town. Heritage Junction Museum of McCloud, Inc.

The original mill towards the end of its operation life. Heritage Junction Museum of McCloud, Inc.

A postcard view of the new mill on the northeastern edge of town shortly after it entered operations. Jeff Moore collection.

The new sawmills after the company replaced the original mill on the south side of town with a second new mill erected next to the first. Jeff Moore collection.

The planing mill and factories for boxes, sashes, doors, and other products lay between the main sawmill complex and the railroad yards. Heritage Junction Museum of McCloud, Inc.

Partial view of the massive crane shed once used to store kiln dried lumber. Jeff Moore.

The following links are to historic photographs of McCloud from the Eastman Photo Collection in the Special Collections Department of the University of California Davis Library; used with permission. [PLEASE NOTE: Each link opens in the same browser window as this page. To return here, use your browser's BACK BUTTON.

As you can tell, there are several McCloud pages. You can navigate through these pages by clicking the page names that are below.