Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Lumber Company Town

Georgia-Pacific, Samoa, California, September 1959. Hammond Lumber Company was sold to Georgia-Pacific in 1956. Georgia-Pacific discontinued rail operations in 1961, two years after this photo was taken. Georgia-Pacific sold out to Simpson Timber Company in 1998.

In 2004, the buildings and property at Samoa were sold to a
private developer. Since there are several surviving locomotives, and the 100+ year old shops are “salvageable” there was some talk of restoring this property.

Here is a comprehensive collection of
blueprints for cottages and structures comprising the company town of Samoa.

And here is the complete history of this
Northern California logging operation.

Railroad Stuff: Georgia-Pacific 101, ALCo S-3, 660hp. Can’t find any more info.

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