Standard gauge, 35-lb rail
Mill Location: Forest, MS (Scott County)
Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1915-1930
Miles Operated: 16 miles in 1918
Locomotives Owned: 5 known
Clyde Iron Works 3-drum Skidder #274, shipped to Forest, Miss. 10-23-1915.
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by Gil Hoffman:
Bienville Lumber Company was organized in 1900 and built a circular sawmill
with a cutting capacity of 60,000 feet per day at Alberta, LA. This mill cut
out in February 1915 and was moved to Forest, MS, with operations beginning
there in November 1915.
mill at Forest had a single band and gang with a cutting capacity of 100,000
feet per day. The timber supply consisted of about 30,000 acres of shortleaf
pine in the vicinity of Forest. The company specialized in general yard
stock. W. A. Davenport was president and general manager while J. R.
Mitchell was secretary, treasurer and sales manager. Both men came to Forest
from Alberta, LA. Davenport was born at Arkadelphia, AR, and Mitchell in
Mason City, IA.
sawmill cut out in 1930 or 1931, but the planing mill continued to operate
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
29½ 3-10x12 63150 empty
Transferred from Bienville operation at Alberta, LA, in
Built as Louisiana Logging Co., Ltd. #1, Minden, LA; to
Bienville Lumber Co. #1, Alberta, LA.
Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1216,
Birmingham, AL, on 6-24-18. Cost $6,500.
Built as Porter-Wadley Lumber Co. #4, Cotton Valley, LA; to
Bryceland Lumber Co., Ltd., Bryceland, LA; to Birmingham
Rail & Locomotive Co. #1216.
Transferred from Bienville operation at Alberta, LA, in 1915.
Built as J. J. Newman Lumber Co. #4, Hattiesburg, MS; to
Bienville Lumber Co. #4, Alberta, LA.
Purchased from Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1199,
Birmingham, AL, on 11-19-19.
Built as Georgia Pine Ry. #1, Bainbridge, GA; to Georgia,
Florida & Alabama Ry. 1st #1, in 4-1901, renumb. #121 about
1904; to Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #158, Albany, GA; to
Upchurch Lumber Co. #10, Hastings, FL, on 7-10-11;
to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1199.
Baldwin class 10-24 D 29