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McDonald's Sawmill




Plate 873X. McDonald’s Sawmill Long Valley 1910 – 2005 Viewed north up the East Fork of the Virgin River in Long Valley at the mouth of Black Rock Canyon. Shown in the initial image is McDonald’s water-powered sawmill. The flume is on the right, while the actual saw was housed in the wooden building. The original photograph was apparently taken when the weather was below freezing - - note the ice hanging from the flume. Today, aside from an old ditch leading to the flume, nothing remains of the sawmill. Conifers, mostly ponderosa pine, have increased in the distance. Willows have declined, as the East Fork of the Virgin River has downcut. Aided by the dropping watertable, pinyon and juniper have invaded the floodplain. U.S. Highway 89 is at the base of the hills on the left. See plates 531x and 542x for slightly different views of the same area.

Photo Information:

The original photograph, which is slightly out-of-focus, was taken ca. 1910; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 19, 2005 - - Photo No. 5457-10. Original photograph from Allen DeMill’s private collection, Kanab, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Riparian, Pinyon, Juniper


South West: Section 29, Range 2 West, Township 40 South; UTM 362300 E, 4139600 N; elevation 6,785 ft.

January 2018