We have 2000 square feet of important artifacts and exhibits of everyday life. Some of the notable exhibits are mentioned below. Others include sports memorabilia, early medical services, and we even have a stage coach.
When Abner Weed built his first sawmill in 1900/1901 in what was to become the town, and now, City of Weed, there was n fire department. Everyone that worked at the plant was expected to respond to any fire around the plant or the town when the fire whistle blew. Mr. Weed built a concrete reservoir on top of a hill west of town to supply the fire lines and the hydrants installed around the plant and town. Three or four men could string out any number of feet of hose and have water on a fire in a matter of minutes. In 1923, Long-Bell built a new firehouse. They bought a new American-LaFrance fire engine. You will see two LaFrance engines. One has been painstakingly restored. Both are proudly displayed at the Museum, and often at area parades and car shows.
This room represents an early turn of the century fully equipped kitchen. Showcased are typical Italian American accessories, (i.e., the ravioli rolling pin, bread or cheese grater, pasta maker, and cruet set). The Buffalo Fine China is a safety award distributed by the lumber company. We also have a bedroom, jail cell, and displays of early sporting activities.
Logging and Lumber
Abner purchased Maxwell's sawmill which was located near the north slope of Black Butte, and and operated there until 1900 when he purchased a new mill site. With the building of the mill and the boarding and rooming houses, company store, company offices and the machine shop. These became what is today's mill site and purportedly at one time, the largest sawmill in the world. Visit us for extensive displays with photos of interior mill activities, as well as logging camps, and equipment.