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Inventory of the Red River Lumber Company Photograph Album, circa 1920s

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The Red River Lumber Company was established in 1884 by Thomas Barlow Walker, and first operated in Akeley, Minnesota. Beginning in 1913, the Red River Lumber Company operated a company town and sawmill at Westwood, California in Lassen County. In 1914, the company began a successful advertising campaign the employed the Paul Bunyan tales and images adapted and crafted by artist William Laughead.
The collection includes one photograph album produced by the Red River Lumber Company of Westwood, California. The album traces their production process from raw material to finished product and consists of 82 black-and-white uncaptioned photographs from the mid-1920s.
Title: Red River Lumber Company Photograph Album, circa 1920s
Creator: Red River Lumber Company
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 2900
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(1 photograph album)

Historical Note

The Red River Lumber Company was established in 1884 by Thomas Barlow Walker, and first operated in Akeley, Minnesota. Beginning in 1913, the Red River Lumber Company operated a company town and sawmill at Westwood, California in Lassen County. In 1914, the company began a successful advertising campaign the employed the Paul Bunyan tales and images adapted and crafted by artist William Laughead.


Collection Overview

The collection includes one photograph album produced by the Red River Lumber Company of Westwood, California. The album traces their production process from raw material to finished product and consists of 82 black-and-white uncaptioned photographs from the mid-1920s.

Collection Arrangement

1. Photo Album, circa 1920s



Subject Headings

  • Advertising -- Lumber -- United States
  • Lumber trade -- United States -- Photographs
  • Lumber trade -- California -- History -- 20th century
  • Red River Lumber Company
  • Red River Lumber Company -- Advertising
  • Sawmills -- Photographs
  • Westwood (Calif.) -- Photographs

Related Material

William B. Laughead Papers

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Photo Album, 1920s.

These photographs are available through the online image gallery for the Red River Lumber Company Album.

Caterpillar Sixty tractor pulling large log load. Operations of Red River Lumber Company, California.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Red River Lumber Company Photograph Album, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

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Encoded by Amanda Ross, June 2009

Funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission supported the encoding of this finding aid. Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.