Between 1910-1950s the woods rang with the yell TIMBER, hundreds of husky young men lived in logging camps. The Diamond Match, Panhandle, Fidelity, Delkena Lumber companies and others ran large sawmills and dozens of logging camps. There were also hundreds of smaller mills that turned out lumber to meet the needs of the Northwest.
The C.C. Clark Sawmill represents the smaller family sawmills. It ran from the early 1930s to 2000s. Until the 1960s it was powered by a large steam engine and later by electric power. The mill was donated to the Pend Oreille County Historical Museum in 2014 by the Clark Family.
****Read about modern day pioneers running a ranch and sawmill without electricity, phones or other conveniences during the Great Depression days.
See the 1999 Big Smoke for more information about area mills.