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We have 2000 square feet of important period artifacts and exhibits of everyday life. Some of the notable exhibits are mentioned below, and others include sports memorabilia, early medical services, and even a stage coach.

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Fire Safety

When Abner Weed built his first sawmill in 1901 and a second one next to it in 1902 in what was to become the town of Weed, there was no 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 Lumber Company (the majority stockholder since 1905) built a new firehouse. They bought a new American LaFrance fire engine. You will see two LaFrance engines; one has been painstakingly restored, and the other awaits restoration. Both are proudly displayed at the Museum, and are often at area parades and car shows.  

Period Kitchen

This room represents an early turn-of-the-century fully equipped kitchen. Showcased are typical Italian-American accessories, (i.e., 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 an early 20th century bedroom exhibit, and displays of early sporting activities and team photos.

Logging and Lumber

Abner purchased Maxwell's sawmill in 1897 which was located near the North slope of Black Butte, and operated there until he purchased a 280-acre plot of land for $400 as a new mill site (where Weed's current fire station now stands). With the building of the 2 new mills, he also built boarding houses, worker row housing, a company store, company offices, a post office, and a machine shop. In 1905, the Long-Bell Lumber Company purchased Weed's mill & holdings. In 1917, Long-Bell began building a new mill that would become the largest sawmill in the world at that time. Visit us for extensive displays with photos of interior mill activities, logging camps, and equipment.

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