California Historical Landmarks in Sonoma County

California Historical Landmark 835
Cooper's Sawmill
Mirabel and River Roads Parking Lot
Mirabel Park
Built 1835
Destroyed 1840-1841 Winter Flood

California Historical Landmark #835:  First Power Commercial Sawmill in California
24 May 2005
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First Power Commercial Sawmill

In 1834, Mariano G. Vallejo's brother-in-law, John B. R. Cooper, constructed California's first known power-operated commercial sawmill. In addition to sawing redwood lumber, the mill and surrounding settlement served as a barrier to Russian encroachment from the west. Located 1/3 mile east on Mark West Creek, the water-powered mill was destroyed by flood in the winter of 1840-41.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 835

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the California Division of Forestry and the Forest Products Indistries of California.
January 31, 1970

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