By the end of the war with Mexico in 1847, California's non-native population was a mere 15,000. The 49ers pushed the population of El Dorado County beyond 20,000 by 1850. As winter approached, the minors replaced their tents and shanties with wooden structures. Settlements and towns were erected almost overnight.
El Dorado County timber provided lumber to develop Sacramento, Placer and Amador Counties, and later to the mining towns of Nevada's Comstock Lode. Without the benefits of today's modern machinery, logging was very labor intensive.
The stump cuts of the virgin timber measured as much as 23 feet in diameter. Initially, the axe and hand-saw were the only tools available to harvest these giant trees. The logging industry has flourished in El Dorado County for more than 150 years.
Historian: Anthony M. Belli