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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 1900-1901 in what was to become the town (and now) City 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 mill owner 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 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 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 operated there until 1900 when he purchased a new mill site in central Weed near the current fire station. With the building of the new mill, he also built boarding/rooming houses, a company store, company offices, 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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