Pine Belt Lumber Co.

Standard gauge

Headquarters: Hattiesburg, MS

Mill Location: Belpine, MS (Rankin County)

Mill Capacity: 35,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1909-1913

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned: 1 known

Other Equipment:



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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Pine Belt Lumber Company was incorporated on December 20, 1907 at Hattiesburg, Perry County, by Butler McClanahan, of Hattiesburg; T. L. O'Donnell, of Sanford, and R. H. Bostwick, of Hattiesburg, with authorized capital stock of $50,000. Its purpose was to do a general wholesale lumber business. Officers of the company were: Butler McClanahan, president; T. L. O'Donnell, vice president and treasurer, and R. H. Bostwick, secretary and manager. The company handled the output of mills in which the officers had a financial interest.

 In December 1909 the company built a sawmill with a daily cutting capacity of 35,000 feet, on the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad, two miles north of Braxton, Simpson County. The specialty of this mill was heavy timbers. It cut out about March 1913.

 In June 1913 operations were moved to Orrville, Alabama, where the company had purchased the plant and timber holdings of the W. A. Hill Mill Company, of Mallett's Landing.




















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

(a)           2T Shay                 Lima        1688        4-1906     26         3-8x8       53000 est.

                 Purchased from J. T. Jones, Shivers, MS, about 1910.

                Built as The McGowin Co. #12, Shivers, MS; to R. A. Foote, Shivers, MS, on 3-16-08; to J. T. Jones, Shivers,                MS, on 1-16-09.

                For sale 1-1913.

                Sold to McCarroll Lumber Co., Frost, LA; to Fluker Gravel Co. #1, Fluker, LA, in early 1922, transferred to       Heflin, LA, in 6-1926; to The North American Co., Inc. #1, Castor, LA, in 10-1927, later at Ringold, LA.







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