Earlier this week Club Member Dan Fessler and I took an excursion north from Fort Bragg to Eureka. As we passed the town of Scotia we reminisced about the visit we had made last year to the Pacific Lumber Company Museum in Scotia.
Scotia is a company town which was previously wholly owned by the Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO). The very large sawmill there is currently operated by Humboldt Redwood Company.
When we visited the Museum it was, alas, closed. It is not open very much or very often from what we gathered. We did see through the window one of the most horrific pieces of equipment I have ever seen which still gives me the creeps just thinking about it – a bicycle powered dentist drill!!!!!
The Museum building is constructed from trunks of Redwood trees and is most impressive. Outside there are Dolbeer donkey engines and, of most interest to me, a very nice Heisler. The one on display here is the closest to us (Fort Bragg, CA.) that I know. There is another, it’s at the Timber Heritage Association’s engine barn at Samoa close to Eureka.
If you are in Scotia and have a few minutes to spare pop in to the Scotia Inn. The redwood interior is simply stunning.