Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Technically located in White Pines, a little hamlet right next to Arnold, the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum gives a great overview of the industry that founded Arnold: logging. It's also home to the Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree that takes place annually.

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum | Dave Jeffords

The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is situated at one end of beautiful White Pines Lake and gives a fascinating look into the history of logging that was so important in the Sierra Nevadas for many decades. Creative exhibits bring this history to life and honor those who lost their lives in the industry. Volunteers are work hard to 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.
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum by Lisa Boulton

An exhibit at The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum | Lisa Boulton

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) on a heavily forested hillside above White Pines Lake (elevation 4,000 feet). Ample parking is available at the museum, and the site is accessible year-round, although a heavy snowfall may leave it isolated for a couple days. From December  through the end of March the museum is only open for groups who make arrangements in advance.

Enjoy the museum’s annual Logging Jamboree – one of the most fun and interesting events in Calaveras County – takes place annually and is great for the entire family. Visit the full list of Calaveras museums

While you’re in the area, enjoy White Pines Lake and the Arnold Rim Trail.

Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree by Cindy Micheli

Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree | Cindy Micheli

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