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Thompson Sawmill




Plate 312X. Thompson Sawmill Clay Creek 1905 - 2003 Viewed west to Thompson Sawmill on Clay Creek approximately one mile east of Pine Lake. Ponderosa pine and juniper have increased on the distant ridge. Rubber rabbitbrush, currants, and rose now occupy the area where the sawmill once stood. The area was heavily grazed by cattle in 2003 and is also used as a recreational site by campers. Piles of old sawdust are still present, though highly decomposed. These is evidence of an old garbage dump, antique car bodies, and the like - - that is to say, the foreground has been highly and repeatedly disturbed. The largest ponderosa pines had already been removed from the far hillside when the original image was made - - see Plate 313x. Mountain big sage is abundant near the toe of the slope, while bitterbrush is common on the steeper areas.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (65314) taken by Clyde Leavitt on November 19, 1905; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 10, 2003 - - Photo No. 5238-1. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Juniper, Sagebrush


South West: Section 19, Range 1 West, Township 35 South; UTM 417300 E, 4177800 N; elevation 8,400 ft.

January 2018