From Forest to City: The Coastal Lumber Trade

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park


A series of historic photos with brief captions depicting the journey of trees cut for lumber along the California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts. The lumber, much of it Douglas fir and Redwood, was brought to San Francisco by sail and steam schooners. Whole forests of lumber went into the reconstruction of San Francisco in the wake of the 1906 Earthquake.