Timber has always been one of the principle industries in the United States. The tasks and technologies associated with logging trees, hauling them to sawmills and other forest product plants, processing them into useable products, and then moving those to market always have left substantial marks on both history and the landscape.
Yet the industry has never been static, and changing economics, technologies, social pressures, and other forces have left many traces of the past as the new replaced the old, as plants opened and closed, and as values and philosophies shifted. The ghosts of the timber industry come in many forms, such as abandoned sawmill sites, stumps in the forest, static displays in city parks and museums, tourist attractions, and geographic place names.
Taken together, they tell the story of a way of life that, while it continues today, has radically changed from the old ways. This book seeks to present a few snapshot views of some of these remnants in the Pacific Coast states, explaining their role both in history and in the present.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Jeff Moore spent most of his youth in the pine forests of northeastern California and the redwoods along the Pacific Coast, where his lifelong passion for trains developed into an intense interest in the history of those railroads associated with the timber industry, especially in northeastern California and eastern Oregon. Jeff currently lives with his family near Elko, Nevada, where he continues his research into these operations. As of this writing Jeff has authored two books and numerous articles and has several other projects pending.