Plan-Sets offered to construct a Sawmill Complex.

Your source for Sawmill structures.

1:24 (½") scale Model​​ of the VCLCo Sawmill that could have been found the turn of last century.
VCLCo Sawmill & Lath Mill •••• The prototype of this 3-story mill was state-of-the-art in 1910 in Winegar, WI. (Such mills were still operating into the 1960s with little change.)
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Because of the vibration inherent to Sawmill operations, wood post and beam construction was the best choice because of its resiliency which caused less wear and tear on all the mill equipment. With such vibration it was not uncommon for a mill worker once a week hammering wedges re-tightening the frame to keep the structure sturdy.
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The first story had 12΄ ceiling with a dirt floor with leaking steam pipes, line shafts, pulleys, and clutches running wide belts driving the second story equipment.
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With the whole first story filled with whirling belts and rotating drive mechanisms, it is hoped the Oiler only had to go down there at lunch time to lubricate bearings when equipment was shut down! Footprint 47ʺ x 87½ʺ. 
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$21  Plan-Set includes: 14) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings, Isometric drawings are included showing all the posts, beams and knees. Options include prototypical truss and framing details.
American Built Shingle Mill •••• The prototype of this Shingle Mill was located in northern Wisconsin. It is of prototypical operation that would have been found anywhere in North America. This building would make an interesting timber frame factory in any industrial complex.
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Plan-Set shows prototypical post and beam construction with batten on board siding. This model would look great as an open side model to see the optional 100 commercial details listed on the Material List or viewed through windows. There is an attached Lean-To where shingles were packed, Shipping Shed, a brick Power House and a Jack Ladder. Footprint as designed is 26-5/16ʺ x 17-3/16ʺ with a 17ʺ x 15ʺ “L” Power House. 
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$17  Plan-Set only includes: 12) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings which are printed 1ʺ = 1½ʺ  in 1:24 (½ʺ) scale. Material lists include milled basswood for an indoor layout, textured patterned styrene on Foam Core Board for RR Gardens.


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$44  Full Scale Plan-Set drawings only  includes 29) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings and 2) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages as described above but printed full scale 1" = 1" in 1:24 (½ʺ) scale.
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Mill Fire Bucket •••• Fire Buckets at the turn of the century were cone shaped so employees were discouraged from removing them from a factory for use at their home.
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$4 Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11" drawing with Instructions, photos and suggested material to construct a Fire Bucket.

1:20.3 (F) Scale Sawmill and American Shingle Mill Plan-Sets

1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale VCLCo Sawmill •••• Same details as above, with a Footprint of 55-1/2ʺ x 103-5/16ʺ.
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$79  1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Plan-Set includes: 66) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings, includes Material Lists, Jack Ladder and Green Chain Platform. All sheets intended for laying out bents and Jack Ladder printed scale 1ʺ = 1ʺ
Same Shingle Mill details as above, with a Footprint of 31ʺ x 20-1/8ʺ with a 20-1/16ʺ x 7-11/16ʺ “L” Power House.
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$57 1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale American Built Shingle Mill and Booklet •••• includes: 29) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ, with 36) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ page booklet
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$44  1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Plan-Set only includes: 29) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
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1:87.1 (HO) Scale Sawmill and American Shingle Mill Plan-Sets

1:87.1 (HO) Scale VCLCo Sawmill •••• Same details as above, with a Footprint of 13-3/16ʺ x 24-1/2ʺ.
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$16 1:87.1 (HO) Scale Plan-Set includes: 12) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ​​
Same details as above, with a Footprint of 7-3/8ʺ x 4-13/16ʺ with a 4-3/4ʺ x 4-3/16ʺ “L” Power House.
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$16 1:87.1 (HO) Scale American Built Shingle Mill Plan-Sey only ••••  includes: 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
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$34  1:87.1 (HO) Scale Plan-Set and Booklet includes: 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ with 42) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ page booklet
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Sawmill Operation & Construction Spiral Bound Book and Plan-Set consists of 134) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with over 300) illustrations on the construction of a Sawmill; Jack Ladder • Sawmill • Green Chain • Trestle Platform • Drying Yard  and more with an operational schematic of the Sawmill at the Vilas County Lumber Company in northern Wisconsin and elsewhere across America.
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Plan-Set includes of 30) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B foldout drawings.
American Built Shingle Mill Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 42) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with over 90) illustrations. On making Shake Shingles, the Hot Pond with Jack Ladder, Cut Off Saw, Bolter, Packer & Hogger Machines. A Clipper & Filing Room. Boiler House & Blacksmith Forge in the Power House. A Packing Lean-To & Shipping Shed. Plus Painting & Weathering a Shingle Mill.
eMailed Book &  Plan-Set  in .pdf format $48  
USA USPS Media Mail printed copy of Book & Plan-Set $95  ​​
USA USPS Priority Mail printed copy of Book & Plan-Set  $105​​
other countries USPS 1st Mail printed copy of Book &  Plan-Set $125
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eMailed Booklet in .pdf format ONLY $13
USA USPS Mail copy of Booklet on a DVD ONLY $20​​
USA USPS Mail printed copy of spiral bound Booklet ONLY $26
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Operation section schematic​​ of the VCLCo Sawmill.
Jack ladder for Sawmills and Shingle Mills •••• This design is appropriate for Single and Double Band Mill, Sawmills and Shingle Mills. The Plan-Set includes two options. One design is based on available prototype equipment from a 1911 Saw Mill Catalog, the other from prototypical photos. The material list shows where the chain, pulleys, gears and sprockets can be purchased commercially. 
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$10  1:24 (½ʺ) Scale Plan-Set includes: 2) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings printed 1" = 3". The plans show numerous 3-D renderings for easy construction. 2) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages
Drying Yard with a Trestle Platform •••• This "Trestle” platforms were used to move lumber from the Green Chain to a drying yard. In the Drying Yard, I built a 3ʺ high by 4ʺ by 40ʺ long Trestle Platform that could have been used to unload green lumber from Lumber Buggies into stacks for four months of air drying until the Chicago and North-Western Railway would ship the lumber to market in Box cars. I needed a 6ʺ high Trestle Platform from the second floor of the Sawmill to the Sorting Shed of the Green Chain for unloading timbers and cross ties to flat and gondola RR cars.
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$6  1:24 (½ʺ) Scale Plan-Set includes: 2) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawing with the bents printed 1" = 1".
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$8  1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Plan-Set includes 5) 13" x 19ʺ drawings.  All drawings intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
​​ $11  1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Plan-Set includes 4) 13" x 19ʺ drawings with the full size drawing printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ. 2) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages
​​ $10  1:48 (O) Scale Plan-Set includes 2) 13" x 19ʺ drawings with the full size drawing printed 1ʺ = 2ʺ. 2) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages.
1:24 (½ʺ) scale Plan-Sets include printing and dimension Scale Conversions.pdf  factors to 22 popular scales.​​​
Wood Lumber Assorting Buggy •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI. These Lumber Buggies would be appropriate for sawmills operating at the turn of the century and later. Sawmills would use dozens of these buggies along the Assorting Green Platform.
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$4.50  Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ drawing.
VCLCo Sawmill Assorting Green Chain Platform •••• The Green Chain is the conveyor that removed the freshly cut “green” lumber to the sorting deck where it is sorted by size and grade and stacked onto Lumber Buggies to be moved to the drying yard. Footprint 45ʺ long and 17½ʺ wide. This can easily be decreased in 4ʺ lengths and the width modified to fit your available space.
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$11  1:24 (½ʺ) Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings with a detailed material list of commercially available details and a full size 1:24 scale bent drawing. Also, the Wood Lumber Buggy is fully dimensioned.




$11 1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Assorting Green Chain Platform Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with 6) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings with full size bent drawing.
Steel Lumber Assorting Buggy •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Crowell Lumber Ind. Sawmill in Longleaf, LA. This Sawmill operated into the 1960’s which would make this design appropriate for later operating Sawmills. Sawmills would use dozens of these buggies along the Assorting Green Chain Platform.
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$5.50  Plan-Set includes: 3) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ drawings with a material list for finescale brass construction or styrene would be an alternative material.
Lumber Buggy Wagon •••• The name “buggy” as used here is a lumber-mill term. Wagons with no beds were used around Sawmills, Lumber Yards, Woodworking plants and general farm use. These wagons carried their load balanced over the rear wheels, making them somewhat shorter than other types of wagons. They were heavy springless wagons. The capacity of the one shown in this Plan-Set would have been three tons. Because of the many places where such wagons were used it continued in use many years longer than most types of wagons.
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$11  1:24 (½") Scale Plan-Set includes: 4) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. 
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 10) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information and construction suggestions.
Lumber Complex Single Stall Engine (with Blacksmith Forge and Furnace) •••• This design is based on the VCLCo Engine House which serviced the Sawmills Shays and C&N-W Ry engines that operated on the spur to Winegar, WI. Footprint 27½ʺ x 73¾ʺ, with 16¼ʺ x 5¼ʺ Blacksmith lean-to.
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$14  Plan-Set includes: 7) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings a Bill of Material,  instructions on how to build triple hung windows and how to make the Engine House doors open and close automatically.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 23) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with over 70 illustrations detailing how to build a single stall Engine House with a Blacksmith Shop. Chapters include painting/weathering, building Triple Hung Windows, detailing a Blacksmith Shop.
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set ONLY $14
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Spiral Bound Booklet with Plan-Set $22
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set ONLY $11
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Spiral Bound Booklet with Plan-Set $15
$16  1:13.7 (⅞n3) Scale Plan-Set As described above, includes: 9) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size drawings with Wheel Fixture drawing.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 12) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information and construction suggestions.
Work Platform •••• Another simple afternoon project that could be found in an Engine House or............ The example shown was built from my scrap box which gives it a really used character. Footprint is 1ʺ x 2ʺ.
$4 Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11" drawing with a material list.
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set ONLY $16
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Spiral Bound Booklet with Plan-Set $20
Download Lumber Buggy Index.pdf
Lumber RR Handcar/Velocipede Shed •••• This small easily built Shed would be found along logging RR tracks for the Pinery Boss to quickly get into the woods to check on production or deliver messages to the Lumber Jacks on his Velocipede or Pump Handcar. Footprint 4" x 6".
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$9  Plan-Set includes: 4) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings with a material list for the novice modeler and detail options chosen for Garden Railway or options for the finescale modeler.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 16) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with prototype information and construction painting and weathering suggestions. Plus set-off dimensions.
Older version.
Storage House •••• This gable roofed small building could be found at any style Sawmill Complex or other out of the way manufacturing complex for storage of anything! Footprint 5¾ʺ x 4⅞ʺ.
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$6  Plan Sheet includes: 1) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawing with a list of commercial details. Drawing shows details full scale to be used as templates. Drawing sheet includes detail dimension modifications made to this commercial kit, making it a very unique model and diorama.
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Bound Booklet consists of 14) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ pages with 35) illustrations on how to detail and kitbash a readily available commercial kit. And detailed instructions on weathering and scenicing this or any diorama. 
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set ONLY $9
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Spiral Bound Booklet with Plan-Set $16
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Plan-Set ONLY $6
USA USPS Mailed printed copy Bound Booklet with Plan-Set $13

Woods and Lumberjack Camp Structures

The VCLCo had a many as 12 lumber camps, 3 to 8 miles from the Sawmill. One or more of these structures could have been found in these camps. And, there seems to never have had more than about 15 miles of tracks in operation at any one time. 
Side Haul Woods Jammer •••• Or technically referred to as a “Swing Gin Pole Side Jammer.” Horse teams were used in the pinery to load flat cars, logging sleighs and log wagons. Such Jammers were used throughout the logging era until machines completely replaced horses.
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$11 1:24 (½ʺ) Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings with 3-D renderings and a material list for easy construction. 


$11  1:20.3 (Fn3) Scale Plan-Set -  as described with 6) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings. The drawings intended for laying out views are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
Cord and Heavy Duty Complete Log Wagons •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the American Farm Wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, but with brakes for hauling logs from a hilly Pinery to a Loading Deck. Some additional ways of displaying a Logging Wagon other than by your Saw Mill would be to show it by a roadside restaurant. They could also fit prototypically within an oil well scene hauling pipes or derrick timbers and in the construction of city buildings. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been eight (8) tons. 
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$21  Plan-Set includes: 10) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings showing details full scale to be used as templates, a material list and Wheel Fixture drawings.  Plan-Set includes options for modeling another Log Wagon as a trailer with a 4-horse hitch and brakes and drawing to build another style Cord Wagon.
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 22) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages ​ with photos of actual Log Wagons including patent drawings for a Lindsey 8-Wheel Wagon with instructions on finescale modeling of wagon wheels.
Woods Log Outhouse •••• Every layout needs some latrines. This one was designed for a logging vignette. This is a great project to gain modeling skills and experience. 
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$4  Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ A size drawing with 3-D dimensioned rendering, using cheap plastic piping available in the plumbing department of big box building supply stores for railroad gardens. (Plug pipe ends with DAP® Plastic Wood® or epoxy putty.)  Construct for indoor use with wood dowel. Door is a Precision Products® textured styrene product. Roof is a Plastruct® textured styrene product.
Cord Wagon
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$5 Footprint Layout of the VCLCo Complex Plan Sheet •••• This 1) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size footprint drawing of the Vilas County Lumber Co. in Winegar, WI, 1918 ca. Twenty (20) of the mill buildings are identified with some of the individual buildings footprint dimensions. Drawing is sheet.
A couple sets of Big Wheels make for nice details in a logging Diarama.
Big Wheel  •••• A Big Wheel is a 2-wheeled log-hauling device drawn by horses or oxen to bring logs out of the pinery to a landing. They were invented in 1875 in Manistee, MI. Big Wheels were used through 1930 and reportedly even until 1960.
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Previously to Big Wheels, logging operations in northern states ceased during the summer because “soft” soil would not support log hauling equipment at that time of the year. It was so much easier to move logs over frozen ground. The large diameter and wide tread of a Big Wheel is the element which kept the wheels from sinking into soft soil as compared to the much smaller wagon wheels and allowed logging all year long.
Three (3) Log Cabins •••• No RR Garden has enough small buildings. These are nice looking log cabins. They could be found at Logging Camps that were used for a few seasons.
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$8  Plan-Set includes: 3) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ A size drawings with commercial door and windows that are inserted into the log walls. Use wood dowel for indoor layouts and cheap plastic pipe for a Railroad Garden.
Log Stable •••• This is a very simple structure that could have been found out in the pinery to tie up the loggers horses and oxen in fair weather. Footprint 18ʺ x 8ʺ.
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$4  Plan Sheet includes: 1) 8½ʺ x 11ʺ A size drawing
Kitchen & Dinning Hall
Filers Cabin
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Sawmill Complex Structures

1906 Dumper Wagon •••• Every large factory that disposed its own refuse could have used a Dumper Wagon. This wagon could carry 3 to 4 tons of slash and sawdust to refuse burners. Until coal was readily available these wagons would haul firewood to town residents near forests.
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To increase capacity, slanting board panels are shown as an option in these drawings. These boards can be modeled stationary or removable.
Crossbars and Pillars were mortised through sills to reduce breakage/repairing of the rough handling of these wagons.
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Called Dumping Wagons is obvious. (Sometimes referred to as tip carts.) Dumping was accomplished by sticking a robust timber between the spokes of the hind wheel, pulling the Tail Gate rods, rotating the Latching Hook; then a Teamster backing the team unbalancing and dumping the material within the wagon body, dumping the load. Resetting the wagon body was accomplished by reversing the process.
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A full-circle fifth-wheel is included which provided greater maneuverability, with the front wheels being low for sharper turning and more accurate placement of material being dumped.
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These wagons were pulled by two, sometimes four, heavy draft animals such as Clydesdales, or Percheron horses.
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$16  Plan-Set includes: 10) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B drawings which includes a Bill of Materials,  and all details shown full scale to be used as templates
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Spiral Bound Booklet consists of 10) 9½ʺ x 13ʺ pages of prototype information, construction and painting suggestions.​ 
Refuse Burner •••• This is an incinerating device for disposing of Sawmill, Shingle Mill, Planning Mill, Lath Mill and other types of wood manufacturing factories. Refuse, such as; bark, slabs, trimmings, and edgings is necessary for the fuel requirements of the Boiler House did not demand all the material being created. Fuel entered the brick lined riveted 16ga steel shell about 40’ above ground by a refuse conveyor from the Sawmill or...... Top mesh was probably 3 x 3, 14ga mesh wire screen to prevent the emission of sparks into the woods that could have started a forest fire. Foundations were 8-12 inches thick, 18-24 inches above grade to below the frost line.
Horse Barns •••• The title tells what these barns were used for. Horses were the choice beast-of-burden when the proper feed was available. Oxen were reported used by the VCLCo until 1926. Areas which could not grow feed for houses needed train service to deliver the proper feed. Oxen were not that delicate, they could eat almost any type of grass.
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Horse Barns would be one of the first buildings built along with the Sawmill because they were used to skid logs to the landing, pull Log Wagons, Big Wheels, Lumber Buggy Wagons, Dumper Wagons and Water Tanks through the Company Town. The VCLCo had two Horse Barns, one 30΄ x 50΄ and the other 50΄ x 75΄.
Blacksmith Shop •••• This large Blacksmith Shop was located next to the VCLCo Horse Barns for repairing mill, logging equipment and of coarse, shoeing the horses. Footprint was 34΄ x 50'.
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Planning Mill •••• Manufactured rough lumber into "finished" lumber. Then dried for three months before shipping to market. Footprint was 50' x 70'.
Boiler House •••• A Boiler House supplied electricity to the mill complex including the Drying Yard light posts and the Company Town plus steam for the Sawmill. Footprint was 50' x 100'.
Last updated November 15, 2019.​​​​