MADERA SUGAR PINE FLUME

1874-1933

TAKING TWO YEARS TO CONSTRUCT AND OPENING IN AUGUST 1870, THE FLUME

RAN 52 MILES FROM SUGAR PINE SAWMILL TO THE PLANING MILL AND RAILROAD

IN MADERA. THIS WOODEN FLUME TRANSPORTED LUMBER AND LOGGERS TO MADERA

ACROSS DEEP CANYONS, STREAMS AND MOUNTAINSIDES, AN AWESOME ENGINEERING

FEAT. SHUT DOWN IN THE 1890′S THEN REBUILT AND REOPENED IN 1900 IT

SURVIVED UNTIL THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1933. ABOVE IS ONE OF THE FEW

REMAINING PIECES OF THE AMAZING FLUME THAT BEGAN NEAR HERE.

DEDICATED BY

E CLAMPUS VITUS

GRUB GULCH, CHAPTER 41-49

3/21/98

 

THE SUGAR PINE FLUME WAS ONE OF THE LONGEST MAN-MADE STRUCTURES IN MADERA COUNTY AND TRANSPORTED LUMBER FROM SUGARPINE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MADERA. LUMBERJACKS RODE THE FLUME TO TOWN ON THE WEEKENDS BY WAY OF “FLUME CARS”. HOW THEY GOT BACK IS YOUR GUESS!!

(TRIVIA: TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS THE LARGEST MONUMENT BUILT BY E CLAMPUS VITUS, ANYONE WITH OTHER INFORMATION IS WELCOME TO RESPOND!!).

 

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Located on State Highway 41, North of Oakhurst approx. 3 miles at the intersection of Sky Ranch Road.

 

GPS locator:

N37° 22.575′

W119° 37.585′