Camp & Hinton Brothers (1884-1890)

Camp & Hinton (1890-1893)

J. J. White (1893-1899)

Camp & Hinton Co. (1899-1909)

Wells Lumber Co. (1909-1914)

Columbia Lumberton & Gulf Railroad (1894-1900)

Standard Gauge, 60-lb rail

Headquarters: Lumberton, MS (Lamar County)

Mill Capacity: 15,000 ft/day 1886, 

Years of Operation: 1884-1914

Miles Operated: about 30

Locomotives Owned: 11

Equipment: 

 

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History by  Gil Hoffman:

Camp & Hinton Brothers was a copartnership composed of J. H. Hinton, H. P. Hinton, R. W. Hinton and H. A. Camp. On December 30, 1884, H. A. Camp and the three Hinton brothers bought 3,311 acres of land from the Federal Government near what became Lumberton. Construction of a circular sawmill with a cutting capacity of 15,000 feet per day was begun in the spring of 1885 with the mill beginning operation in 1886. In December 1886, H. A. Camp arrived from north Georgia to take active part in the partnership. On January 25, 1890 H. P. and R. W. Hinton sold their interest to H. A. Camp and J. H. Hinton, after which the name was changed to Camp & Hinton, although still operated as a partnership. At the time of the name change, timber holdings totaled 5,700 acres. 

On May 21, 1891 the sawmill and dry kilns were destroyed by fire. A larger mill was purchased in Luther, Michigan, moved to Lumberton and re-assembled with operations resuming in June1892. Losses from the fire together with the effects of the financial panic of 1893 forced the partners to sell their holdings to J. J. White, the father-in-law of J. H. Hinton, on October 12, 1893. For the next six years White operated the mill under his name, then on June 6, 1899 sold the property to the newly formed Camp & Hinton Company. 

The Columbia, Lumberton & Gulf Railroad was incorporated in Mississippi on January 8, 1894 by John J. White, of McComb City; Thomas S. Ford, of Columbia; James A. Lacey, of Grand Rapids, MI; J. J. Hewart, of Mississippi City; H. H. Folk, of Lumberton, and Thomas R. Stockdale, of Summit. J. J. White was president and H. H. Folk, secretary. Ultimate terminal points were to be Columbia and the Gulf of Mexico, but immediately Columbia via Lumberton to a point near Perkinston. In May 1897 about ten miles of line had been completed eastward from Lumberton. This portion of the road had been built and equipped by J. J. White using his own money. To help complete the road a loan of $20,000 was obtained from the Bradford Construction Company, of West Virginia, and a mortgage placed on the entire line. The mortgage went into default, a court suit for settlement followed with the outcome that the railroad was sold on August 1, 1900 to the Bradford Construction Company. At that time the railroad had been completed to Maxie, on the G. & S. I., and extended 37 miles westward with grading completed to Columbia. It then became part of the Columbia branch of the Gulf & Ship Island and was completed by them.

Additional information:

"Steam Whistles in the Piney Woods, Volume 1", Gilbert H. Hoffman, Longleaf Press, Hattiesburg, MS, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

11-2 Shay

 

Lima

 

162

 

12/1886

 

2-8x8

 

26

 

28000

 

New.

 

 

Camp & Hinton, Lumberton, MS, on 1/25/1890.

Marion Brick & Tile Co., Lumberton, MS, in 1890.

J. J. White, Lumberton, MS, on 5/29/1895.

Camp & Hinton Co., on 6/9/1899.

 

?

 

Rod

 

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown.

Camp & Hinton, in 10/1890.

 

J. J. White, on 10/12/1893.

 

?

 

Rod

 

 

 

 

 

pre 1859

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased by J. H. Hinton from a railroad in the Carolinas, in 1891.

 

 

J. J. White, on 10/12/1893.

 

3

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

2118

 

4/1870

 

16x24

 

54

 

 

 

St. Louis, Vandalia & Terre Haute #20

Re. #60 in 1872.

Re. #160 in 1880.

F. P. Kern, Atlanta, GA (dealer), in 7/1896.

J. J. White #3, on 4/9/1897.

Baldwin class 24 D 23

 

Columbia, Lumberton & Gulf R.R., on 5/14/1897.

 

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On hand by 3/8/1907.

 

 

 

1st 130

 

2-6-0

 

Rogers

 

2937

 

2/1882

 

18x24

 

52

 

80000

 

Alabama Great Southern #30

Re. #130.

F. P. Kern, Atlanta, GA (dealer).

Columbia, Lumberton & Gulf #130,

on 9/7/1898.

Camp & Hinton Co. 1st #130, on 6/9/1899.

 

Mississippi Central #103, Hattiesburg, MS,

in 1904.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1663,

on 2/28/1921.

Kanfla Lumber Co., Holt, FL, on 8/23/1922.

 

2nd 130

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

3127

 

2/1873

 

16x24

 

50

 

74600

 

St. Louis, Salem & Little Rock #2 Steelville

St. Louis San Francisco #26, in 1886.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Camp & Hinton Co. 2nd #130,

on 7/17/1902.

Baldwin class 8-26 D 1

 

Wells Lumber Co., on 3/30/1909 (leased).

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer),

on 4/14/1915.

Edward Hines Yellow Pine Co. #130, Lumberton, MS.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1322.

Germain & Boyd Lumber Co. #657, Atlanta, LA, on 6/2/1919.

 

131

 

2-6-0

 

Rogers

 

2938

 

2/1882

 

18x24

 

52

 

80000

 

Alabama Great Southern #31

Re. #131.

F. P. Kern, Atlanta, GA (dealer).

Columbia, Lumberton & Gulf #131,

 on 6/5/1899.

Camp & Hinton Co. #131, on 6/9/1899.

 

In service 6/1905.

 

132

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

19x24

 

55

 

 

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #330.

Camp & Hinton Co. #132, on 2/21/1906.

Cost $5,000

 

Wells Lumber Co. #132, on 3/30/1909 (leased).

 

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On hand by 9/8/1908.

 

 

 

134

 

70-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1909

 

6/1907

 

3-12x15

 

 

36

 

 

138000

 

New. Cost $7,125.

 

 

 

 

                                                                            

 

Wells Lumber Co. #134,  on 3/30/1909 (leased).

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer),

on 4/14/1915.

Denkmann Lumber Co. #3, Norfield, MS.

Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #16, Canton, MS, by 3/1935.

Scrapped 1938.

 

135

 

70-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1910

 

6/1907

 

3-12x15

 

 

36

 

 

138000

 

New. Cost $7,125.

 

Wells Lumber Co. #135, on 3/30/1909 (leased).

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer),

on 4/14/1915.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1135.

W. R. Pickering Lumber Co. #23, Haslam, TX, on 4/26/1917.

 

136

 

70-3 Shay

 

Lima

 

1911

 

6/1907

 

3-12x15

 

 

36

 

 

138000

 

New. Cost $7,125.

 

Wells Lumber Co. #136, on 3/30/1909 (leased).

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer),

on 4/14/1915.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Morgan & Fentress Ry. #5, Catoosa, TN,

 on 12/21/1916.

Scrapped at Catoosa, TN, in late 1936 or early 1937.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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