When the Sierra Railway incorporated in 1897, large saw mills were conceived and built to cut lumber. West Side Flume and Lumber Company opened a large mill in the town of Carters in 1899 (renamed Tuolumne in 1909) and added a drying kiln, mill, and box factory in 1900. The incinerator still stands near the original pond a few hundred feet behind the stage location.
In the late 1970s, Glenn Bell a life-long railway enthusiast of the Taco Bell Restaurants, opened a tourist railroad on the defunct site of the lumber mill. The narrow-gauge railroad used the lower section of the existing track and several steam locomotives of the West Side Lumber Company Railway. The operation also offered boat rides on the old mill pond and RV parking. It closed in the early 1980s after failing to attract enough visitors.
TEDA, Inc., was created with the purpose of aiding the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in economic development projects that will further the tribe’s goals and purposes. As part of that mission the tribe purchased the 328-acre property 2004. While committed to preserving and enhancing traditional ancestral lands with a responsibility of being good stewards for natural resources the land is currently being partially developed as an entertainment venue.