R. F. Learned & Son

36" gauge, 25 & 30-lb rail

Headquarters: Natchez, MS

Mill Location: Natchez, MS (Adams County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day in 1917

Years of Operation: 1871-1960's

Miles Operated: 7 miles in 1910

Locomotives Owned: 2 known

Other Equipment:



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History by Gil Hoffman:

The original Learned sawmill was built at Natchez by Peter Little in 1825. In 1828 this mill was bought by Andrew Brown. From that time, until the mill closed in the 1960's, the operation remained in the same family. The firm was known as "Andrew Brown & Son" until 1850, the as "Andrew Brown" until 1865 when Rufus Learned came into the business. R. F. Learned was the step-son of Andrew Brown and married his daughter. From 1871 until 1904 the business went by the name "R. F. Learned;" then in 1904 it became "R. F. Learned & Son." In 1910 the sawmill was of the band type with a cutting capacity of 30,000 feet per day.

 The logging railroad appears to date from 1886, two years after the installation of the original bandmill by the company. In April 1886 the company placed an ad in the Northwestern Lumberman wanting to purchase a new or used logging railroad outfit.

The company operated a logging railroad in Louisiana, as well. 



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

2 locomotives bought used. No other info.





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