Eastman-Gardiner Hardwood Co.

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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History 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 31, 1943. 

For a detailed history of this company, see our new book YELLOW PINE CAPITAL available HERE



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

1      2T Shay     Lima 3081      5-1920      29      3-10x12      84000

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      Lima 2561      6-1912      29      3-10x12      84000

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.






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