|Title||Redwood Lumbering Industry on the Northern California Coast, 1850 - 1900|
|Author||Wattenburger, Ralph Thomas|
|Physical Description||174 p., 29 cm. Includes Bibliography|
Thesis written by Ralph Wattenburger as a requirement for his MA degree in History for the University of California.
The redwood lumbering industry began in 1850 in response to the need for lumber in the small towns in California. Sawmills were built near the growing towns for the houses that were being constructed and was also needed in the mines. As the state developed and the centers of population began to expand, a heavy demand for lumber was created. The opportunity to make money in the lumbering industry was excellent until the field became crowded and overproduction resulted. The oversupply caused a decline in the price of lumber with the result that the small scale producer could no longer compete successfully with the large scale producer. The constant demand for a better product necessitated better methods of production and technology which lead to the formation of even larger companies.
Wattenburger's thesis explores the development of the redwood lumbering industry on the Northern California coast from the mouth of the Russian River to the Noyo river in Fort Bragg, California and the Humboldt County line to the Oregon State border.
Meiggs, Henry, 1811 - 1877
Richardson, William Antonio, 1795 - 1856
Wattenburger, Ralph Thomas
Albion Lumber Company
California Redwood Company
Pacific Lumber Company
Redwood Lumber Manufacturer's Association
Union Lumber Company