Standard gauge, 56-lb rail
Headquarters: Laurel, MS
Mill Location: Laurel, MS (Jones County)
Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1917-1928
Miles Operated: 10 miles in 1927
Locomotives Owned: 1
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by Gil Hoffman and Tony Howe:
The new hardwood mill of the Eastman-Gardiner Hardwood Company, at
Laurel, Miss., began cutting on October 1, 1917. The mill specialized in red
gum and magnolia, but also cut white and red oak, poplar, hickory and white
cane ash. J. W. Bailey was president and general manager of the company.
Logging operations were around Sandersville, north of Laurel.
The logging railroad at Sandersville was abandoned in 1928 after the
timber was cut. The mill continued to operate on logs brought in by truck
for several years. The mill was sold to the Bailey Lumber Co. on December
For a detailed history of this company, see
our new book YELLOW PINE CAPITAL available HERE
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
1 2T Shay Lima
Purchased from Tallahoma Lumber Co. #1, Montrose, MS, about 4-1927.
Built as J. P. Griffin Lumber Co. #1, Avera, MS; to Green Lumber Co. #1,
Avera, MS, on 9-1-20; to Tallahoma Lumber Co. #1, Montrose, MS, about
11-1924. Sold to Pascagoula Hardwood Co. #1, Laurel, MS; to The Mengel Co.
#1, Laurel, MS, on 11-29-35. Scrapped 1947.
4 2T Shay
Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1851, Atlanta, GA, on
9-19-23. Cost $4,500 with $2,750 allowed in trade on Shay c/n 2088. Built
as Overton County R.R. #4, Algood, TN; to Tennessee, Kentucky &
Northern #4, Algood, TN, on 8-13-12; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co.
#1409, Atlanta, GA; to Bolinger-Franklin Lumber Co. 1st #4, Zama, MS, on
4-21-19; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1851, on 7-19-23.