The cry of “Timber – r – r” preceded the cry of “Gold” in California for it was in the mill race of one of the early sawmills that James W. Marshall discovered gold on January 24, 1848. Already lumber was in demand for the towns and ranches of the wonderful new-found land.
"Forestry In California,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 36
, Article 8.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol36/iss2/8