J. T. McKinnon 

Standard gauge, 30, 35, and 60-lb rail


Mill Location: Beatrice, MS (Clarke County)

                        Part of section 29 T3N R14E

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1916-1924-?

Miles Operated: 5 miles

Locomotives Owned: 2

Other Equipment:

5 log cars


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History by Gil Hoffman:

In March 1916 J. T. McKinnon purchased the timber holdings in Jasper County of the defunct Brookpark Lumber Company, of Enterprise, MS. The timber was largely longleaf yellow pine. McKinnon then built a circular sawmill, planing mill and dry kilns on the west side of the New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad at Beatrice Spur, about two miles north of Pachuta. A standard gauge logging railroad was built northwestward from the mill into the Brookpark timber. The mill and railroad were in operation by September 1916. The McKinnon mill continued in business as late as November 1921.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

201              0-4-4F             Pittsburgh             1515                    1-1894                     42                    12x16                      48000

                                             Transferred from Ellisville, MS. In service by 9-1916.


?                  Class B           Climax                     1147                    -1912                                              9x12                        22 tons

                                            Purchased from Mayerhoff Lbr. Co., Pachuta around 1924

           Built as Mayerhoff Lbr. Co. #1?, Cost $3649.98


?                  Class B           Climax                     534                      -1904                                              12x14                      45 tons

                                            Purchased from Waterford Lumber Co. #1, West King Jct., Miss., around 1924

                                            Original ownership unknown; to Joseph E. Bowen, Norfolk, VA (dealer); to Southern Iron &                                    Equipment Co. #807, Atlanta, GA; to West                                              Virginia Pulp & Paper Co. #6, Cass, W. Va., on                              4-29-12, renumb. #1; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1334; to Waterford Lbr. Co. #1,                                              West King Jct., Miss., on 12-10-19, Cost $6500 with $3000 allowed in trade on two Shays.







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