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A 1949 view--looking North at the intersections of Water, Van Ness, and Helman--of the property that was once home to the Ashland Sawmill.

"X Marks the spot," says Whitfield Smith. According to his research, this spot (now home to a parking lot behind the Community Health Center on Central Avenue) marks the beginnings of the Ashland we know. It was here, 155 years ago this month, that Abel Helman, Eber and Jacob Emery, and James Cardwell began building the Ashland Sawmill.