Andrew Jackson Pope and Frederic Talbot arrived in California 1849 from East Machias, Maine, and started a business together to move lumber through the San Francisco Bay area. In early 1852, A.J. Pope and William C. Talbot, along with Charles Foster and Josiah P. Keller, formed the Puget Mill Co., a lumber mill, in the area later known as Port Gamble, Washington. In 1862, Pope and Talbot formed another company, Pope & Talbot, that managed the sales of materials from the lumber mill as well as owned and operated a fleet of vessels used to ship the lumber from the mills. By 1881, Pope & Talbot owned four sawmills, nineteen cargo and lumber ships, and thousands of acres of timberlands in Oregon, Maine, California, and Washington.
The William H. Talbot Family Albums chronicles approximately sixty years of Talbot family and business history. The collection primarily consists of three extensive family photograph albums and a small number of ephemeral materials related to Pope & Talbot, Inc. and the Talbot family.
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