Canal Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail

Headquarters: Hattiesburg, MS

Mill Location: Benmore, MS (Perry County)

Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1910-1925

Miles Operated: 5 miles 1912

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Canal Lumber Company was incorporated at Hintonville, Perry County, on October 15, 1910, by B. D. Moore and H. S. Hagerty, both of Hattiesburg, and W. W. Beaty, of Laurel, with authorized capital stock of $50,000. B. D. Moore was president and H. S. Hagerty, secretary and treasurer. On September 1, 1910, Moore and Hagerty purchased about 938 acres of land on the west side of the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago at Hintonville. This land, which included a mill site, was deeded to the Canal Lumber Company on November 14, 1910 for $11,951 plus 999 shares of stock in the company. A yellow pine sawmill with a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day was built at Hintonville and placed in operation in February 1911. The plant included a planing mill and dry kilns. 

By late 1925 all the timber had been cut, the mill closed and machinery sold. On December 4, 1925 liquidation was completed with the sale of all lands owned by the company in Perry and Greene counties to E. L. Woodley, of Hattiesburg, for $90,654.

View of the Canal Lumber Co. mill and Shay No. 1 from an ad in Southern Lumberman magazine.

40-ton Heisler No. 2

The remains of the mill pond and town after the mill cut out.

 

 

The town of Benmore quickly disappeared after the mill closed.

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

 

Disposition

 

1

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1966

 

7/1907

 

3-8x10

 

26

 

56000

 

Geneva Lumber Co. #1, Carson, MS

Canal Lumber Co. #1, in 1911.

 

A. M. Richardson Lumber Co., Helena, AR

General Equipment Co., McComb, MS

Sanders & Nixon Construction Co., De Ridder, LA, ca. 10/1921.

Ouachita Sand & Gravel Co. #6, Bosco, LA

Standard Gravel Co., Inc. #6, Antoine, AR,

ca. 11/1926.

 

2

 

40-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1310

 

1915

 

14x12

 

36

 

80000

 

New. Named Jack.                                     

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Gulledge Lumber Co., Haines City, FL,

on 1/23/1926.

Polk County Lumber Co., Haines City, FL

 

3

 

53-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1382

 

9/1918

 

15x14

 

38

 

106000

 

New. Named Williamson.

 

Robinson Land & Lumber Co. #3, Chicora, MS,

by 5/1926.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1808

Pine Hill Coal Co. #3, Pottsville, PA, on 8/15/1935.

 

 

 

 

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