El Dorado Wood and Flume Company Records

Identifier: NC76
The material includes correspondence, land-related documents, financial statements covering the period 1862 to 1940. The subject of this material deals primarily with the land transactions of the company; acquisition of land; transfers of title; and leasing and selling of land. Also included in the collection is financial material including tax receipts and statements of taxable property. Of special interest are correspondence and court case documents involving a land dispute between the company and Washoe Indians in Alpine County, California.

Included in the collection are several hand drawn maps indicating the company’s holdings in California and Nevada. Early documents are original and handwritten. Later material is typed and copied.


  • 1862-1940



Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


3 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)


Collection contains correspondence, land related documents, financial accounts, legal documents, maps.

Administrative History

The El Dorado Wood and Flume Company was incorporated in Nevada in 1875 with H. M. Yerington, J. W. Haynie and A. J. Ralston as trustees; H. M. Yerington was the president when the company incorporated. Its major areas of operation were in Lake Valley, El Dorado County, California and in Hope Valley, Alpine County, and California. The company also held land in Ormsby, Douglas, and Washoe counties, Nevada.

Logging and fluming wood was declared the business of the company until 1880 when its lands were denuded of timber. After that period, renting and selling company land was the primary activity. Much of the land was leased for pasturing and eventually sold, creating some of the largest ranches in the eastern valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Land holdings and companies became intertwined during this period of lumbering and land acquisition in California and Nevada.

The El Dorado Wood and Flume Company absorbed the Markleeville Flume Company in 1875 and soon after acquired the properties of H. M. Yerington and J. W. Haynie who were also officers in coexistent land and lumber companies. In later years the officers and interests of the El Dorado Wood and Flume Company were closely tied to those of the Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company (NC72 in Special Collections). The El Dorado Wood and Flume Company was formally dissolved in 1940.


The El Dorado Wood and Flume Company records are arranged in the following six series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Company Papers

Series 3: Legal Documents

Series 4: Deeds and Land Related Documents

Series 5: Financial Statements

Series 6: Maps

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gordon A. Sampson in 1952; transferred via the Mackay School of Mines in 1961.


A Guide to the Records of the El Dorado Wood and Flume Company
Lenore M. Kosso
November 1981
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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