Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: NC1187
Collection contains one expense ledger from the Lakeview Flume that lists repairs made and running expenses such as payrolls; an 1879 Virginia City, Nevada revenue imprinted check for the company and signed by J. B. Overton; seven 1901 paystubs datelined Overton, California; and Daily Report of Logs from 1901, one from J. P. Easton and the others from Sage Hen Camp. The Daily Report of Logs contain information on lumber harvested, type of tree, and length of log. Also included is one unused Sierra Lumber Company, San Francisco letterhead from the 1880s, a Rules and Regulations book from 1917, and a photograph of Hobart Mills.

Dates

  • 1879-1917

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (6 folders)

Overview

Founded in 1878 by Walter Scott Hobart and General S. H. Marlette on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company provided lumber to the mines of Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada. Collection contains an expense ledger, a revenue check, paystubs, and daily log reports.

Administrative History

Founded in 1878 by Walter Scott Hobart and General S. H. Marlette on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company provided lumber to the mines of Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada. The company owned almost ten thousand acres of timber along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe along with a mill, originally located at Incline, Nevada. The company transported lumber via flume, steamers, and then the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The decline of mining on the Comstock led to a decrease in demand for lumber. In 1894, the company sold their dam at Marlette Lake to the Carson Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company and disassembled the mill and railroad. The railroad and mill were moved five miles north to Truckee, California alongside Prosser Creek to the new town of Hobart Mills, California. The company eventually became a subsidiary of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company.

Arrangement

Arranged by type without hierarchy; ledger arranged chronologically and by type of account.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ledger transferred from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company Records (NC427) prior to 1980. Additions made to the collection through purchase from Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC in October 2017 and March 2018.
Title
Guide to the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company Records
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
October 2017
Description rules
dacs

Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Additional material acquired at auction added to the collection.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)