Cooper's Sawmill

California State Historic Landmark 835

Plaque exists. No site exists. Landmark location.

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#835 First Power Commercial Sawmill
In 1834, Mariano G. Vallejo's brother-in-law, John B.R. Cooper, constructed California's first known power-operated commercial sawmill. In addition to sawing redwood lumber, the mill and settlement served as a barrier to Russian encroachment from the west. Located 1/3 mile east on Mark West Creek, the water-powered mill was destroyed by flood in the winter of 1840-41.

Site Photo:

No site exists.
Nothing remains of this site.


SW corner of intersection of Mirabel and River Rds (PM 17.4), near Mirable Park, 8 mi W of Santa Rosa.
GPS: N 38° 29.614'/W 122° 53.747'

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