Situated at one end of beautiful White Pines Lake, the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum gives a fascinating look into the history and importance of logging in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Creative exhibits bring this history to life and honor those who lost their lives in the industry. Many hard working volunteers deliver the best logging museum experience including:
- Conveying the history of the logging and lumbering industry as it evolved in the Sierra Nevada Region since the mid 1800s before the discovery of gold to the present day
- Educating visitors about the economic, social, cultural and environmental effects of this industry on the development of communities in the Sierra Nevada.
- Acting as a resource center for education and historical research.
- Describing current trends in the Sierra Nevada logging and lumber industry, and the social and economic influences that continue to shape it
- Keeping the history of the logging industry in the Sierra Nevada region alive so that its historical relevance is not lost.
The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum’s seven-acre site sits on property originally occupied by the historic logging and mill workers’ camp of the Blagen Lumber Company (1938-1962). The heavily forested hillside above White Pines Lake (elevation 4,000 feet) offers a beautiful backdrop of the museum. Ample parking is available, and the site is accessible year-round, although a heavy snowfall may leave it isolated for a couple days. The museum is closed in the winter months depending on snow levels, however give them a call to see if a private tour can be arranged.
Enjoy the museum’s annual Logging Jamboree, one of the most fun and interesting events in Calaveras County. This annual event is great for the entire family. And, while you’re in the area, enjoy White Pines Lake and the Arnold Rim Trail.