Irmulco, California

Irmulco is a former logging town in Mendocino County, California. It was located on the California Western Railroad 12 miles north-northeast of Comptche, at an elevation of 436 feet. The name comes from an initialism of the Irvine and Muir Lumber Company. The Irvine and Muir Lumber Co. owned logging rights in the county and two lumber mills, including th…
Irmulco is a former logging town in Mendocino County, California. It was located on the California Western Railroad 12 miles north-northeast of Comptche, at an elevation of 436 feet. The name comes from an initialism of the Irvine and Muir Lumber Company. The Irvine and Muir Lumber Co. owned logging rights in the county and two lumber mills, including the one at Irmulco. The mill primarily processed redwood. In December 1909 a stage coach connection with the railroad was opened at Irmulco. A post office operated at Irmulco from 1911 to 1927. At the time of the settlement's application for a U.S. post office, the local population was about 220. In November 1912, heavy rain washed "50,000 feet of logs" out of Irmulco Dam. The Irmulco Mill Dam was partly destroyed in 1913. There was a redwood shingle mill at Irmulco around 1914. The mill may have shut down for a time as it was slated to reopen in March 1917, and the owners had hired a manager, a woods boss, and a sawyer. Three months later the engineer of a logging train was killed in an accident at Irmulco. A fire in 1921 destroyed the schoolhouse and several residences. At its peak in the early 20th century, Irmulco was home to a couple thousand residents drawn there by the lumber mill. Circa 1927, the area was described as "mostly brush, and redwood cut-over land with some non-merchantable timber of various kinds".
  • Elevation: 436 ft (133 m)
  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • County: Mendocino County
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