John Lindsey

Unknown gauge, wood rail


Mill Location: Sandersville, MS (Jones County)

Mill Capacity: 12,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: Ca1886-1900

Miles Operated: unk

Locomotives Owned: 1




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History by Gil Hoffman:

When the New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad came through Sandersville, about 1884, the Lindsey family moved there from Claiborn, Miss. (near Heidelberg). In Sandersville John Lindsey established a yellow pine sawmill that cut 12,000 feet per day. The plant also included a planing mill. Sometime after 1890 a wood rail tram road was built to log this mill. In 1898 John Lindsey patented his famous Lindsey 8-wheel log wagon and went to Buckatunna, Miss., in search of ash lumber. His younger brother, Dr. S. W. Lindsey, a dentist, then operated the Sandersville mill on a royalty basis. Unfortunately the venture at Buckatunna was a failure and the mill at Sandersville burned in 1900.

In 1901 the brothers moved to Laurel where they established the Lindsey Wagon Company in the northern outskirts of town, near the plant of the Kingston Lumber Company from which they purchased a tract of land.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

?    2T Shay    Lima     12000

Purchased secondhand. Early vertical boiler type.

Note: A photo of the above engine is in the Lauren Rogers Library, Laurel, MS. It appears not to have been numbered.






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