Little River Redwood Co., Crannell c.1930

Little River Redwood Co. 1930

My husband and I were recently in the Logger Bar in Blue Lake.

Visitors will see many of these logging implements on the walls, as well as some great old photos.

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7 Responses to Little River Redwood Co., Crannell c.1930

  1. Ross Rowley says:

    As much consternation as the timber industry has evoked to newcomers to the north coast, we have to remember that history of logging, along with fishing, as the predominant driving force of an entire society. (Including the Native American population*) While Humboldt State College began as a teacher’s college, it developed into a leading university for training foresters to work in the timber industry. That’s all we knew for over a century. With that, comes a rich history of not only the industry itself, but of the people that were part of that society.

    *My uncle Jack Risling’s family had quite a sawmill operation in the 1930’s through 1950’s in Hoopa. The timber sales on the reservation, while in later years may be questioned for their destruction, truly modernized the little towns between Burnt Ranch and Orleans and provided employment, businesses, social services, schools and a hospital for the people.

    • Lynette M says:

      Ross, I grew up in Rio Dell and back then the folks that worked in the mills and in the woods were known as hard working, respectable folks.
      I am not miinimizing the environmental damage that has been done over the years, but there is also something … noble in just hard, honest, physical WORK. I think more of us could use it.

  2. olmanriver says:

    I very much appreciate your articulate perspective Ross.

  3. Mike W says:

    Ross I lived in Hupa during the late ’60’s when Humboldt Fir was running round the clock it seemed. I definetly remember the Risling name, but did not know they ran a mill earlier. Was it the one at the end of Mill Creek by the river there was another as you came into the valley, can’t remember the name?

    And I agree, appreciate your perspective and that mentioned by Lynette…there is room for both.

    • Lynette M says:

      Always. One of the best things about blogs is the opportunity to share different perspectives.
      Glad you found your way here.

  4. As the matter of fact, Lynette, my great grandfathers brother Einer Andersen was the founder of the Little River Redwood Co.! He went to California to seek his fortune and bought a piece of land, which no one else wanted to buy. Everyone laughed at him, because of the poor state of the land, and it was filled with enormous roots of redwood. Einar thought that the wood was beautiful and began to make candlesticks, coocoo clocks and so out of them, and it turned into a whole industry. I have met several people, who have shown me pieces of the “Andersen Redwood”.

    Kind regards

    Louise Andersen, Denmark.

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