Victoria Lumber & Manufacturing Co

VICTORIA LUMBER & MANUFACTURING CO was established on VANCOUVER ISLAND in 1889 by J.A. Humbird, a US lumberman and protegé of Frederick Weyerhaeuser. Humbird purchased the first tract of timber sold by the ESQUIMALT & NANAIMO RWY, 100,000 acres (400 sq km) of the most valuable forest land in BC, for $5 an acre. He abandoned plans to build a SAWMILL in VICTORIA and instead purchased a small mill at CHEMAINUS; it had been built to run on water power in 1862 by A.G. Elliott. Humbird built a new...

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