Monday, January 24, 2011

Author To Share Secrets About the SLV Flume

On Sunday February 27, 2011, at 3:00pm, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum will host a historical talk and book signing at Highlands Park Senior Center in Ben Lomond with Museum President Lisa Robinson.  Robinson will read from and discuss her newly released book The San Lorenzo Valley Flume.  All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the museum.  The event itself is free.

The flume carried lumber - and some adventurous fun seekers - from Boulder Creek to Felton prior to the arrival of the railroad.  The book explores the history of the flume, through construction diagrams, fascinating eye witness accounts, and rare photographs.

The location of the head of the flume, just north of Boulder Creek, was described in Charles E. Brimblecom’s 1875 diary, loaned to the Museum by Roberta Rocca, a Brimblecom descendant, and was a critical element that spurred the author to more thoroughly research the subject.

The book dispels some myths about the flume, talks about the people who financed it, built it, played on it, worked on it, and, eventually, tore it down. It examines flume construction methods and the challenges faced by those operating and maintaining the flume. 

Copies of the book The San Lorenzo Valley Flume are available for purchase at the Museum, on the Museum website ( and at local retail outlets.

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