Cultural Resources Study, Samoa, CA

Client: Cultural Resources Facility, Humboldt State University & Plan West Associates, 2006


Based on extensive archival research, and utilizing often fragile original records, this project documented the transition of a locally owned company, Vance Redwood Lumber Co., to Hammond Lumber Company, one of the largest redwood lumber companies in the world. This multifaceted project produced an historic context for the redwood lumber industry in Humboldt County, and an inventory of commercial and residential resources and the cultural landscapes of the worker community of Samoa.  These were all part of a comprehensive study of Samoa as one of the last remaining lumber company towns in California. For powerpoint on Mill Company Towns prepared by Suzanne Guerra for Special Collections at Humboldt State University see: