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Logging Arch, Big River Wheels

© Bruce Evans
Year Built:
Type of Equipment:
Logging Equipment
Logging Arch
Redding Iron Works
Manufacturer Location:
Redding, CA
In Service:
Mendocino Lumber Company
Steve Shuster
Roots of Motive Power
Mendocino Lumber Company, at the mouth of the Big River, had a reputation for its willingness to try new technology, such as using early track-type Holt 75 tractors for skidding logs in the late teens or using International trucks to haul redwood logs in the late 1930s.

Steve Shuster of Shuster Logging recently donated a set of “Big River Wheels” from Mendocino Lumber Company. It is an early type of logging arch that was built to pull behind the Holt 75 tractors. Shuster Logging discovered the wheels during their logging operations in Big River, and preserved them at their shop in Willits. Union Lumber Company, which acquired the Mendocino Lumber Company operations, later used some of the wheels in its Ten Mile River logging operations before the more common Pacific Car and Foundry tracked arch was available. Roots volunteers moved “Big River Wheels” from the Shuster Logging yard in Willits to the Museum in February 2002.