Redwood, King of Humboldt County



Redwood, King of Humboldt County

By George A Kellogg, Secretary, Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce
From the 1914 edition of the Davis Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Southwest
Excelsior Redwood Company.

Excelsior Redwood Company lumber train and camp operating out of Freshwater, approximately 1890.
Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library.

Prior to 1889, no attempt was made to record the output of the mills, or the shipments of lumber from the county. But by figuring from the amount of land cut over during the period, it is estimated that the total lumber production from 1855 to 1888, inclusive, was about 2,500,000,000 feet, at an approximate value of $40,000,000.

Beginning with 1889 fairly accurate records have been kept of the shipments from the county, no attempt being made to include the amounts being used within the county, although the amount so used is considerable, as practically every building and structure in the county is built, in whole or in part, of redwood. It should be remembered that the following figures include not only what is commonly known as "lumber," but also any and every form of manufactured timber, such as shingles, shakes, posts, bolts, ties, etc., that is capable of reduction to approximate lumber feet. The figures from 1889 to 1913, both inclusive, are then as follows:

Year Feet Value
1889 120,545,800 $2,296,135
1890 161,455,000 $3,067,645
1891 152,517,613 $2,897,834
1892 166,855,262 $2,502,828
1893 152,749,713 $2,222,610
1894 111,751,264 $1,588,570
1895 128,785,709 $1,795,410
1896 100,460,581 $1,320,005
1897 133,717,278  $1,778,085
1898 128,291,255 $1,802,330
1899 163,640,590 $2,336,000
1900 162,635,560 $2,242,520
     
1901 218,380,060 $3,148,060
1902 221,595,486 $3,830,410
1903 272,054,860 $4,816,600
1904 274,358,140 $4,776,920
1905 313,495,560 $5,632,300
1906 360,671,090 $7,201,000
1907 374,539,400 $7,702,205
1908 300,804,570 $6,101,820
1909 339,891,500 $6,093,000
1910 368,527,700 $6,552,560
     
1911 367,139,720 $6,505,460
1912 415.925.400 $7,494,560
1913 369,633,766 $6,820,800
     
Totals for 25 years, 1889 to 1913 5,880,422,877 $102,525,607
Totals for 34 years, 1855 to 1888 2,500,000,000 $40,000,000
     
Grand totals, 59 years to 1914 8,380,422,877 $142,525,607

 

 

 


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