Tennant - Tennant, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 41° 34.936 W 121° 54.720
10T E 590693 N 4603969
Quick Description: This historical marker is located on the right of the road leading into the community of Tennant.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/28/2015 5:38:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMPNYM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
Views: 1

Long Description:
Located in front of a former cafe/saloon building is an E Clampus Vitus historical marker. The marker reads:

TENNANT

FOUNDED : 1921                      ELEV. 4808.5    NAMED AFTER JOHN D. TENNANT, AN OFFICIAL OF THE LONG - BELL LUMBER CO. BESIDES THE STORE THAT IS STILL HERE, THE TOWN HAD A CHURCH, POST OFFICE, LIBRARY, HOTEL, SKIDSHACKS, SCHOOLS, AND A ROUNDHOUSE. AT THE HEART OF LOGGING OPERATIONS, TRAINS WERE NEEDED TO MOVE 3.5 BILLION BOARD FEET OF LOGS TO THE WEED SAWMILL. DURING LOGGING OPERATIONS, THE TOWN HAD A POPULATION OF ABOUT 800 PEOPLE. THE LOGGING OPERATIONS ENDED IN THE 1950'S.

DEDICATED BY
HUMBUG CHAPTER 73
"E CLAMPUS VITUS"
SEPT. 14, 1985

I located a PDF document here to a historical magazine titled the Jefferson Backroads and it highlights the history behind this marker and Montague and reads:

Under the temporal guidance of Tim Murphy, presiding Humbug of the E Clampus Vitus Humbug Chapter, the town of Tennant was commemorated with a historical monument in 1985 by ECV. Following the plaque dedication the Chapter held its Doin’s party on the Creek just outside the Tennant town site near Bray-Tennant Road. The town of Tennant was a logging camp established by the Long Bell Lumber Company of Weed, California. Long Bell Lumber Company was first established 1897 as the Weed Lumber Company by Abner Weed, town namesake.

In need of more and more raw logs, the search widened further away from Weed. To meet demand, Tenant was established in the 1920s. Named after Garver Tennant, a Long Bell Lumber Company manager, the town served Long Bell Lumber Company needs as a support base for far flung logging operations. Like most company owned towns, the houses and streets seemed to be identical and laid out in mostly symmetrical patterns. All the buildings and stores in the town were owned by the lumber company. The company provided the employment, housing, mercantile goods and social services. Most people lived in the homes the company built on company land. It was often said that “if you didn’t shop at the company store, they would fire you.”

The Weed area lumber industry peaked in the 1940s. By the 1950s logging operations and the town of Tennant’s prosperity came to an end.

In 1991 the plaque was revised and rededicated to correct errors in the wording. The plaque photo above still poses a spelling conflict with the town’s namesake. Garver Tennant is the correct spelling.

Now this is where it gets interesting: The current ECV marker notes the name of 'John D. Tennant'..... So what WAS his REAL name???

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