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Steam Sawmill Tour
May 21, 2011

Steam roars from the exhaust of the saw engines at work at Sturgeon's Mill

Jeanne, Lynn and Bugsby take part in a tour hosted by the NorCal Region of the CCCA. It is an intimate tour of five classic car. Ray Menefee, our tour leader, rides with Joe in his 1930 Lincoln.

The tour forms at a motel in Santa Rosa and drives to Sturgeon's Mill in Sonoma County. The sawmill is steam powered and a relic from California's past. It is only operated a few times a year largely as an effort to preserve a piece of local history. However, the mill was no static display. Live steam engines wheezed and roared as huge redwood trees were sliced into lumber that will be sold at local hardware stores.

mill floor engine floor sawdust
Operators run giant logs through saws on the upper floor of the mill. On the lower floor, steam engines strain as the saws bite into the wood. Nothing is wasted; the sawdust is also collected.

The upper floor of the mill, with singing power belts and spinning saws, captured most visitors attention. Even more exciting for Lynn was the lower floor which contained the boiler and engines that powered the blades

The classic cars were given special parking adjoining the working mill. They materially added to the atmosphere and many of the visitors diverted their attention from the mill to closely inspect the cars.

After an exciting morning at the working mill, the group motored to Occidental for a tasty Italian lunch. A leisurely drive back

1924 Kissel 1930 Lincoln 1937 Rolls Royce
Bugsby, Lynn & Jeanne Kissel's 1924 Kissel Speedster Joe Davis' 1930 Lincoln Town Sedan David & Kristi Clover's 1937 Rolls-Royce Sports Saloon
1938 Packard 1941 Cadillac  
George & Julie Newhall's 1938 Packard Club Sedan Paul & Connie Borgwardt's 1941 Cadillac Sedan  

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