Book Event: West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Co.

January 11, 2013

Books, California, New Titles, News

Join the Butte County Historical Society and History Press author Andy Mark for a special presentation on the West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Company January 27 at 2pm. Andy’s presentation at the Old Chico Municipal Building will kick off a special reception for the newly combined Butte County Historical Society and Chico Heritage offices. (For more information follow this link.)

In the late 1800s, the green gold of California’s inland timber belt included the long-coned sugar pine and cinnamon-dusted ponderosa pine of Big Chico Creek Canyon. Tucked into the steep terrain of present-day Butte and Tehama Counties, the bustling West Branch Mill logging operations moved timber from the foothills east of Chico to waiting markets in Sacramento, Marysville and San Francisco. Local Author Andy Mark recounts the lesser-known history of the West Branch Mill, recalling a time when resident physician Newton T. Enloe treated the daring men who faced daily peril. John Bidwell’s bumpy and sometimes treacherous Humboldt Wagon Road was essentially the only route to town and running lumber and ambulance rafts.

The West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Company by Andy Mark

The West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Company: Early Logging in Northeastern California by Andy Mark is available from the History Press and fine California bookshops, including Lyon Books.

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