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Mount Shasta Sawmill

In the late 1950s Marty Cooper built a hotel and a modest sized sawmill in Mt. Shasta City, a little less than a half mile east of the Southern Pacific interchange. The mill shipped lumber and then in later years woodchips out over the railroad.

Cooper's Mill ran into the middle 1970s, when the P&M Cedar Products company purchased the property. The Berolzheimer family had been in the pencil business since the 1850s, first in Germany until the grandsons of the founder moved the business to the United States in 1882. The family organized the Eagle Pencil Company, and then in 1910 established a subsidiary of Eagle named the Hudson Lumber Company in San Leandro, California. The family split its business up amongst family members in the late 1920s, and Charles Berolzheimer used his shares of the family empire to acquire California Cedar Products, an independent pencil supplier dating back to 1919. Charles' sons Philip and Michael incorporated P&M Cedar Products in 1969, which purchased Cooper's Mill shortly thereafter. P&M retooled the mill to cut cedar, mostly for pencil stock.

P&M stopped shipping by rail from the Mt. Shasta sawmill shortly after purchasing the big mill in McCloud in 1979 save for a handful of intraline movements between the two mills. The mill remained in operation though until 1990, when P&M shut it down. Dannon, a label of the Coca-Cola company, built a water bottling facility on the plant that operated from the late 1990s until 2010, when it too closed. Crystal Geyser purchased the plant in 2013, and as of late 2018 the company was still engaged in the permitting process to reopen the plant.


An overview of the old Coopers Mill site around 1983. Pat Driscoll photo, Jeff Moore collection.

Another view of the P&M operations at the old Coopers Mill. Pat Driscoll photo, Jeff Moore collection.