Tuolumne County Timeline

1901-1950

1901

Harvard Gold Mining Co. expands the quartz hard rock mining, with two shafts and 60-stamp mill driven by electric power; was a major contribution to Jamestown economy

1901

Standard Lumber Co. is incorporated; D. H. Steinmetz becomes general manager; Thomas Bullock is president after selling his interests in West Side Flume & Lumber Co.

1903, Feb.

 

Sugar Pine Railway incorporated by Standard Lumber Co., Inc. Purchased by Pickering Lumber in 1921 along with the renamed West Side Lumber Company in 1925

1903, Sept. 21

Tuolumne County High School starts; meets in basement of Tuolumne County Courthouse, predecessor to Sonora H. S.

1910s

 

Tuolumne County commercial apples become an important export; transported by Sierra Railway to other markets

1910

Me-Wuk Rancheria is established in Tuolumne area

1913

Hetch Hetchy project authorized to supply water and power to San Francisco; first O’Shaughnessy Dam completed in 1923, raised in 1938

1916

New Strawberry Dam completed and becomes resource for public water and recreation. Renamed “Pinecrest” Dam.

1919, May

First movie (silent movie) filmed on the Sierra Railway titled "Red Glove"

1923-1924

Don Pedro Dam completed.

1925

Moccasin power house (Hetch Hetchy) completed.

1927-1929

Melones Dam and power plant completed.

1930s

Great Depression hits. West Side Lumber sawmill & logging operations shut down; Pickering Lumber Co. closes

1934

West Side Lumber Co. reopens; limited operations

1937

Pickering Lumber Co. and its railroads reopen after federal reconstruction finance loan

1938

Cavalero Gardens was purchased as a permanent location for the 29th District Agricultural Association fair grounds

1938, Aug.

Sierra Railroad’s last regularly scheduled passenger train ends service in Tuolumne County

1942

 

U. S. enters WW2; 1942 federal government suspends gold mining operations; some mines reopen on limited basis in 1945

1945

 

Columbia State Historic Park formed

1950 Raising of Melones Dam completed