R. C. Avent & Son

Standard gauge, 35-lb rail

Headquarters: Moss Point

Mill Location: , MS ( County)

Mill Capacity: 35,000 ft/day in 1917

Years of Operation: 1905-ca1918

Miles Operated: 14 miles 1917

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

10 log cars

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History by Tony Howe:

R. C. Avent, originally from Brewton, Alabama, moved to Moss Point by 1897 and operated a sawmill near there. About 1906, he built a mill just south of Leaf on the MJ&KC Railroad. The town that grew up around the mill became known as Avent. R. C. Avent married into the Turner family of Vinegar Bend Lumber Co. and in 1924 built a new mill north of Vinegar Bend to cut some of the old Vinegar Bend holdings. That mill finally cut out in 1932. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

4

 

0-6-4TB

 

Glover

 

81411

 

6-1906

 

8x14

 

28

 

 

 

New.

 

Returned to factory in 1-1908 and rebuilt as c/n 10143.

 

5

 

0-6-0

 

Glover

 

11164

 

7-1907

 

11x16

 

30

 

 

 

New.

 

R. M. Garbutt Lumber Co. #2, Register, GA

Langford & Ellis Lumber Co., Ridgeland, SC, in 7-1929.

 

6

 

0-6-0

 

Glover

 

10164

 

10/1909

 

10x16

 

 

 

 

 

New.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information contact Tony Howe at howe6818@bellsouth.net or David S. Price at dsprice46@bellsouth.net