Standard gauge, 56-lb rail
Mill Location: Burnside, MS (Neshoba County)
Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day
Years of Operation: 1922-1923
Miles Operated: 23 miles
Locomotives Owned: 4 known
26 log cars
Clyde Iron Works Rapid Loader #354, shipped to Burnside, Miss. 6-3-1922.
Clyde Iron Works 4-line Double End Skidder #351, shipped to Burnside,
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by Gil Hoffman:
February 1922 Joe M. Griffin, of Laurel, purchased 25,000 acres of pine
timber in Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties from the Burnside Land &
Timber Company. Soon after, construction of a 100,000 feet daily capacity
band mill at Burnside, Neshoba County was begun and completed about July
1922. The J. M. Griffin Lumber Company, which operated this mill, was
incorporated in Delaware with office at Wilmington.
sawmill was equipped with an 8-ft. band saw, a gang and a double edger.
Other facilities were a planing mill, dry kilns and a power plant plus 23
miles of logging railroad. The company also built a town for its mill
workers which included a school and churches. Both rift and flat grain
flooring were manufactured in this plant.
August 16, 1923 the sawmill, logging railroad and timber holdings were sold
to the Reynolds-West Lumber Company, of
Texas, for approximately $4,000,000.
|ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:
Transferred from Blodgett operation in 1922.
Built as Memphis & Charleston #37, renumb. #341; to
Southern Ry. #677, on 5-13-98, renumb. #1391
on 7-1-03, renumb. #3391 on 6-28-10; to Southern Iron &
Equipment Co. #938, Atlanta, GA, in 6-1913; to J. M. Griffin
#1, Nomac, MS, on 11-22-13.
Sold to Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #1, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23;
to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1871, Atlanta, GA,
Baldwin class 10-30 D 104
2T Shay Lima
Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1718,
Atlanta, GA, on 7-7-22. Cost $6,000.
Built as Culbreath & Smith #9, Onalaska, TX; to West Lumber
Co. #9, Onalaska, TX; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co.
#1718, on 12-16-21.
3T Shay Lima
Purchased new. Named "J. M. II." Cost $18,600.
Sold Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #3, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23; to
Marietta Lumber Co. #3, Burnside, MS, by 1-1928;
to Pearl River Valley Lumber Co. #3, Canton, MS, by 2-1930, renumb.
#10; to Denkmann Lumber Co. #10, Canton, MS,
on 9-1-38; to King Lumber Industries #10, Canton, MS,
on 1-1-46. Scrapped 1951.
2T Shay Lima
Renumb. from 2nd #1.
Sold to Reynolds-West Lumber Co. #9, Burnside, MS, on 8-16-23;
to Marietta Lumber Co. #9, Burnside, MS, by 2-1928.