|Topographical map of Ben Lomond (Courtesy Duncan Nanney)|
Named after the Pacific Manufacturing Company mill that was situation on the banks of the San Lorenzo River near modern-day Mill Street, the mill opened in 1879 and operated the first band saw in California at that site. The town developed quickly around this lumber mill, with hotels, saloons, and whorehouses dominating the flat beside the river. The owner of the company, James Pieronnet Pierce, was a railroader and carpenter, and he owned the Pacific Avenue Railroad Company, a streetcar company, in Santa Cruz from 1877. His primary facilities were in Santa Clara where he manufactured coffins and architectural elements such as windows and doors.
|Pacific Manufacturing Company factory in Santa Clara, circa 1910s.|
|Original town layout proposal, circa 1888, after Pacific Mills had left.|
|Ben Lomond Station, circa 1890s. (Courtesy Bruce MacGregor).|
|Postcard showing Ben Lomond Station and Depot, circa 1890s. The San Lorenzo River is to the right.|
|Postcard of the right-of-way crossing Main Street, facing east, circa 1890s.|
|Postcards of Hotel Rowardennan.|
|Postcard of the streetcar parked beside the Ben Lomond Station, circa 1910. (Courtesy The Valley Press)|
|A passenger train and freight car parked beside Ben Lomond Station.|
|Men and a carriage outside the Ben Lomond Station, circa 1890s. (Courtesy Bruce MacGregor)|
|Downtown Ben Lomond, showing Mill Street, around 1940 after the railroad had departed.|
- Lucia MacLean, "The Founding of Ben Lomond, A Mountain Community: A History of Alba School and Its District". Accessed July 19th, 2013. <http://albaschoolhouse.com>
- Eugene T. Sawyer, "History of Santa Clara County, California" (Historic Record Co., 1922). Accessed July 19th, 2013. <http://www.mariposaresearch.net/santaclararesearch/SCBIOS/pacmanufact.html>
- Southern Pacific System: List of Officers, Agencies and Stations, 1899.