Leaf to Long Bell Camp

The Long Bell Lumber Railroad

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The town of Tennant, California is the relatively intact permanent/headquarters camp of the Long Bell Lumber Company's extensive logging railroad (1921 - 1954). The ordinary looking cottages were prefabricated in two sections, each mounted on permanent wooden skids, then brought in by rail on flatcars. The company store/gas station/wharehouse, now closed, is next to a large empty lot, covered with red cinders. Before it was dismantled at the end of operations, here was where they maintained and housed their steam locomotives from massive Logging Mallets for logging mainline use to Shays for gathering logs on an ever changing network of temporary branches and spurs.

A few miles to the northwest, along the main road out of town, is railroad location Leaf. Here, you can find the fenced-in private railyard, with rails removed and untreated ties, rotting away ,whereloaded shipments of logs awaited shipment by the Southern Pacific to their vast mill at Weed, CA.

Long Bell's mainline, which heads east from Tennant, is now the graded and paved Forest Road 77 to Medicine Lake. Modern signs show the old railroad mileposts. Hidden and obstructed turnoffs indicate where loaded cars were once picked-up and empty's dropped off.

Just north of Medicine Lake, turn-off onto FR 49 whcih leads to the entrance of Lava Beds National Monument. A scenic area of fairly intact logging railroad grades, including mainline, lies a mile or two south of the of the Monument. Here an upgraded logging railroad grade, now called Tichnor (44N22) Road crosses FR 49. The grades run just to the south of it.

Steven Weil
California, CA


To Steven Weil,

I have looked long and hard for information on this logging railroad and finally found in in "Rails in The Shadow of Mt. Shasta" by John R. Signor available from Alibris Books. It has two pages of information plus a detailed map. Alibris has used copies for $25.00.

Bob Bassett

Robert Bassett
Missoula, MT


I used to work on the Doublehead Ranger District, and I am familiar with the Long Bell railroad, and I have successfully drove the grade from just above the current Long Bell fire station, all the way to where the old road ties into the current UP line near Bray, CA. I even have an old picture showing the junction of the LongBell and UP. I currently work on the Goosenest district of the Klamath, which contains the western portion of the railroad. I would be happy to share much more info with you if you like.

Joshua Veal
Tulelake, CA


IN 1947/to 1954 from age 10 to 17 I LIVED in the Vaughn oregon commnity. there is still lumber mill there where the houses, church and combination genral store and gas station was. am interested in any history of this camp. pictures, etc.

Paul Rex Wilson
lebanon or, OR


My family and I lived in Tennant, CA from 1954-1958. My husband and brother-in-law worked for LongBell Lbr. co. in the maintenance shop. Have many wonderful memories from living there. Our house is gone..having a big tree toppled over through the middle of it during a storm and after it was sold to individuals, but just before they moved into it.

Phyllis Hovland-Searle
Roseville, CA, CA


My family lived in Tennant from March 1947 to Sept 1957. Two of my brothers and I were born while there. I went to first and second grade at the Tennant school. 1955-56 and 1956-57. One of my teachers was Mrs. Page. My dad worked out at "camp" until 1951 at which time he came in to work in the shop. He learned to blacksmith and then to weld. His name is John Park and he will be 90 this year. We moved to Weed in 1957 and he continued working for International Paper. We often talk about living there and my parents made lifetime friends there. I visited Tennant two years ago. My third brother was born in 1957 in Weed. Wish everybody could have the experience of living as we did in Tennant.

Dianne Park Breuer
Rolla, MO


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