McCloud River Railroad History

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Number 15 Crossing an Early Trestle** (This is post card 29)

TheHistory of the McCloud River Railroad and the McCloud River Lumber Company can be easily broken up into the six categories you see below.

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1896

 

Prior to 1896

A Wilderness Awaits: A Resource Is Needed

 


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1896-1900

Steel Over The Mountain: A Railroad Arises

 


A typical Mess Tent in a Logging Camp Circa 1910*

 

1900-1920

Pine Across The Mountain: A Logging Railroad Lives

 


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1920-1940

Mother McCloud: A Legend Is Born

 


No 33 Baldwin RS-12 locomotive bought in 1955*

 

1940-1963

The Pangs Of War and Burney Birth

 


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1963-1992

Mother Leaves and The Glory Fades

 


Number 36

 

1992- 2009

Redemption…. for a Time

 


End Of Line

 

2009

End of the line. The railroad is no more.

 

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pineacrossPlease note this is a work in progress. For a complete history of the McCloud River Railroad (at least up to 1992) may I suggest the book by Robert M Hanft, “Pine Across the Mountain” which while out of print is still available for those who look.
* images from post cards or original media

**Image Courtesy Of The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum Please see interchange page for more info on this.

Other black and white images taken from Post Cards, Viewing Objects and Original Products