Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce

Chester Museum

The rustic 1929 log building containing the Chester Museum is shared with the Chester Branch of the Plumas County Library.

Lake Almanor
One of the main attractions here is a photographic history of the Lake Almanor Basin. View vintage photos of dairy farming, early days logging, gold mining and even early-day tourist activities.

Maidu Baskets
A fine collection of Maidu Indian basketry and artifacts represent some of the intricate handwork produced by Plumas County's first inhabitants.
Outside, Along the North Fork of the Feather River
A large collection of artifacts adorn the walls and center of the room while out of doors are various large items, including a vintage privy.

The "Dinky"
Near the museum, on the Collins Pine Co. lawn on Main Street, Chester lies a compact century-old steam locomotive known as the "Dinky".

Annual Book Sale
The annual book sale benefitting the Chester Friends of the Library is held the 1st weekend every August, 9a-3p. 

Location, Hours & Admission
The Chester Museum is located at 210 First Ave., Chester along the North Fork of the Feather River. 
Contact:  530-258-2742. Admission is free.

Summer Hours:   Monday - Thursday, 10a-5:30p.  Closed from 1p-1:30p for lunch.

Winter Hours:   Monday - Wednesday, 10a-5:30p. Closed from 1p-1:30p for lunch. 
                        and Thursday, 12p-7p.

Collins Pine Museum

The Collins Pine Museum was built by the Collins Pine Company.

Outdoor Display
The Museum has an outdoor display of twelve pieces of equipment that were used by Collins Pine Company back in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including some trucks dating back to the 1930s.

Museum Building
The Museum building, patterned after the old mill that operated in Chester from 1943 to 2002, has Incense Cedar siding and decking, Ponderosa Pine ceiling, railings and interior doors, clear Sugar Pine interior trim around the windows, Douglas Fir posts and beams and a verticle-grain White Fir bookcase.These are all species of lumber that grow in this area.

Inside the building are panels and displays with information on lumbering, forestry and principles of sustainability. A small theater room plays a 20-minute documentary on Sustainable Forestry and a TV screen in the main part of the building plays a silent video of the sawmill operation.

Location, Hours & Admission
The Museum is located on the Collins Pine Lawn off Main Street at the west end Chester and is open for visitors from May through October 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday through Saturday.
Contact:  (530) 258-2111.  Admission is free.

The Collins Pine Company
The Collins Pine Company has operated in Chester since 1943, and has been recognized for their sustainable management of the Collins Almanor Forest. The old sawmill building was replaced by a new mill in 2002.This mill at Chester produces White Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Sugar Pine.Collins Pine also has operations in Lakeview, Oregon; Klamath Falls, Oregon; Kane, Pennsylvania; Richwood, West Virginia; and a corporate office in Portland, Oregon.

Indian Valley Museum, Taylorsville

The Indian Valley Museum houses many artifacts representing the period from the 1860's through the 1940's with over 600 pictures on display showing life as it was in Indian Valley.
Mountain Maidu Room
An impressive collection of Maidu Indian baskets, arrowheads, and artifacts, is to be found in the Mountain Maidu Room. The bearskin featured in the local bear dance is on display there when not in use.
Gem and Mineral Room
Francis Musser's extensive collection of mineral specimens, fossils, rock carvings, and sculptures, are featured in the Gem and Mineral Room.

Museum Annex
The large Museum Annex contains exhibits of early logging, farming, blacksmithing, and the tools used in the pre-electric Indian Valley. Also included is the first fire engine in the valley, a 1932 Dodge truck.
Location, Hours & Admission
The Museum located in Taylorsville, at the east end of Indian Valley. Go through town on Main Street to Cemetery Street and turn right. The main museum is the second building on Cemetery Street. The first building is the museum annex.

The Museum is open from 1 - 4 pm, Saturdays, and Sundays, Memorial Day through the last weekend in October, or by appointment. Other openings are by special arrangement, with a $10.00 donation per group of 10 or more.

Except for special openings, the admission to the museum is free, but donations are always appreciated. Call for information (530)284-1046 or email