New, at least to us at the logging museum
Editor: I looked at Lee Roger’s Camino/Blair Mill website but didn’t see any reference to this video. I find it quite remarkable. Take a look at this wonderful 16 mm film of the mill.
Back to the not-quite-so-new.
Editor: These photos and text were sent to us by Lee Rogers who grew up at the mill. Some of the photos are of poor quality and the page may only be of interest to those, like me, who had spent time in Pacific House or that area. The museum thanks Lee for sending these along.
There are more comments and history of the Blair Mill on the Eldorado County Logging page. It looks on the menu as a category, but it is also a page with history, lots of history
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This is Phil Tuma who came to the museum recently and left, on loan, this display board with photos of the Blair Mill. We’ll have it on display until early Fall.
I was Born in The Placerville Sanatorium 8-52…My Father Worked for Blair Brothers Lumber Co. and we Lived in one of the Small Houses Below the Saw Mill, up behind Pacific House…We Lived in 3 Places, while at Blair’s… We Moved out of Blairs When they Sold Out to Michigan Cal Lumber Co. About a yr before the Ice House Fire.
To Get to Blair’s Mill, you Turned off of 2 lane Hwy 50 at Pacific House, dropping down a dirt Road to The Blair Bridge, Crossing the South Fork of the American River.
Original Blair Bridge…..Crossing below Pacific House …
This was Part of the Original Carson Wagon Road…Up on Top of Telephone Ridge, to White Meadows Rd, that Comes out at Riverton, and Continues up the Canyon…
We Lived at Blair’s year Round, and kids Had Lots to Do….
Looking out Our Gate…Truck Shop, below our House….
The Edge of the Truck Shop and the Company Office Center…The Smoke Stacks for the Boilers, Right of Trees
Our Car, Out in Front of the House…
Our Front Yard, Car and the Truck Shop
My Uncle Frank Baker, up for a Visit in his Dodge
Our Next Door Neighbor, (Phyllis Tuma, see the comment further down), her Husband Drove the Ambulance, and took me to the Hospital when I was Poisoned…This Became Our 3rd and Final House at Blair’s…There’s a Tree…Growing Through the Back Porch…We had Oil Heat…Electricity…And the 1st TV…At Blair’s Mill…One Night, after Dad got off work, Swing Shift, he said he had turned on the TV, and Picked up Oaklahoma City…..On The Skip…..
Yes…We Had our Own Dump, Below the Mill…..and we had Bears Too…..
A Rare Cinnamon Bear, in the center of Picture, in the Dump….
Last One….Load Leaving one of the Landings, Headed for the Mill…
Blair’s Lumber Yard In Placerville
Old Topo Map Of Blairs