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Log Ponds

A log storage area was necessary on the mill site, and could consist of either, water or land storage. For water storage, there needed to be a stream of sufficient size to be dammed or boomed. The frequent method employed was water gained by damming a small stream. Water served two purposes: first, it helped to clean the logs of dirt and stones; second, it was much easier to move a floating log.

Log ponds varied greatly in size depending upon the area available. The log train arrived along one side, and in some instances, on both sides, on a track inclined to aid rapid unloading of logs from the cars.

The selection and movement of logs in the pond was under the supervision of the pond tender. He was given instructions as to what timber was needed for the days production, and his men selected Mill pond of the Stewart, Hunter and Johnson Mill on Mill Creekthe logs and moved them to the jack-slip using long pike-poles. Frequently, floating catwalks or booms, separated certain areas of the pond and the pikemen used these for footing. Often as not, they moved around the pond scampering from one log to the next. The log pond required cleaning at least once a year to remove debris and sunken logs.


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The mill pond of the Caspar Mill Caspar Mill Pond. The plume is from a log hitting the water having hurtled down a 250 foot bank from the unloading area on the top of the cliff Another view of the Caspar log pond 20 million feet of Redwood in the Pudding Creek Log Pond. The dam creating the pond can be seen from Route 1 on the opposite side of the road from the Pudding Creek Trestle Pudding Creek Dam with Log Pond Beyond The first load of logs to be dumped into the log pond at Elk in 1914 40 foot drop into the log pond at Elk/Greenwood The log pond at Mendocino Dropping logs into the pond at Mendocino's Big River Union Lumber Co. Log Pond – logs being unloaded Union Lumber Co. Log Pond