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Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Interior displays include working models of sawmills and logging camps, historic logging photos, dioramas illustrating the evolution of logging from the 1850s to the present day, and a large collection of logging tools such as handsaws, drag saws and chainsaws, peeves and canthooks, broadaxes and felling axes. Also, a full-size scene of a 1930s-era logging camp family cabin, and touch-screen displays of logging sights and sounds are highlights of the museum.

The seven acres surrounding the building site are for recreational as well as educational use. An amphitheater, built with the support of the Arnold Rotary Club, is located among the trees. Picnic tables and barbecue pits have been installed along the lakefront. Interpretive trails guide visitors to impressive historic artifacts: a Willamette steam donkey that first operated in Tuolumne County, a “two-man” sawmill, a 1920 Shay logging locomotive (under restoration), several enormous logging arches, three Caterpillar tractors from the 1930 to 1960’s era, a drying-yard lumber carrier, an historic Adams horse-drawn grader used for road clearing in the woods, and many others. (from website)

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