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Youbou

Youbou began in 1907 when two timber cruisers, working for the American Finance Company (later to be called the Empire Lumber Company) arrived here. In 1913, the Empire Lumber Company built a small mill in Cottonwood (Youbou) to mill smaller logs, and starting in 1918, many improvements were made to the mill. By 1922, the mill was able to cut 30,000 board ft. per day and employ 30 men. The modern day Youbou mill was constructed in 1927, and was possibly the oldest fresh water sawmill in BC. It once boasted the longest craneway in the British Empire. Timberwest closed the mill and auctioned off its equipment in June 2001. The closure of the last mill left on Cowichan Lake marked the end of an era for the region.

   
         

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'A' Mill Head Rig 'B' Mill Peco Hoist Prentice Crane 'B' Mill Peco Hoist Prentice Crane ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.1 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.2 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.3 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.4 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.5
'A' Mill Head Rig Peco Hoist Prentice Crane ITM 1.1.1 ITM 1.1.2 ITM 1.1.3 ITM 1.1.4 ITM 1.1.5
ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.6 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.7 ITM Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 Pg.8 J-Bar System.1 J-Bar System.2 J-Bar System.3 J-Bar System.4 Last train leaving Youbou Mill
ITM 1.1.6 ITM 1.1.7 ITM 1.1.8 J-Bar System.1 J-Bar System.2 J-Bar System.3 J-Bar System.4 Leaving Youbou Mill
Lumber Yard.1 Lumber Yard.2 Lumber Yard.3 Old Timers 1 Old Timers 2 Company Houses Bunk Houses Quad in 'B' Mil
Birds Eye View Lumber Yard.2 Lumber Yard.3 Old Timers Old Timers Company Homes Bunk Houses Quad in 'B' Mill.1
Quad in 'B' Mil ITM BulleQuad in 'B' Mil Timberwest Banner 2001 before closure UBO Bulletin Vaneer Plant Youbou Mill Youbou 2009 Youbou 2009 Youbou Lands main aerial
Quad in 'B' Mill.2 Quad in 'B' Mill.3 Growing? UBO Bulletin Vaneer Plant Youbou 2009 Youbou 2009 Youbou Millsite
Youbou Mill 1950s Youbou/Youbou Mill Bunkhouses Youbou Mill Craneway Youbou/Youbou Mill, 1989 by Ed Egnal Youbou Red & White Store Youbou Youbou store cookhouse 1950s Youbou Townsite
Youbou Mill 1950's Bunkhouses Craneway 1989 Red & White Store Youbou 1950's Townsite
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