Rare image of redwood loggers in coastal Marin
With the advent of the Gold Rush, in 1849 loggers arrived to Rancho Las Baulines to take the ancient redwood trees for use in building wharfs and structures for early San Francisco. The original settlement of Bolinas (now called Dogtown, north of the Bolinas Lagoon) grew due to its logging business and busy sawmills. This rare photo of loggers in coastal Marin (exact site unknown) suggests the time-consuming manual labor required to take down the mighty trees with axes and two-man saws. The words “25 feet Diam” written across the cut indicates the size of this tree. This photograph was taken by the Strain Family who were early dairy ranchers on the Olema Valley.