Tallahala Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, -lb rail


Mill Location: Ellisville, MS (Jones County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1900-1903

Miles Operated

Locomotives Owned: 1 known




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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Tallahala Lumber Company was incorporated at Ellisville, Jones County on January 2, 1900, by B. F. Fridge, T. W. Collins, O. P. Jordan and C. G. Steadman with authorized capital stock of $20,000. By late 1900 a sawmill had been built at Ellisville and placed in operation. A logging railroad was also constructed which crossed the Tallahala Creek on a steel bridge. By November 1902 controlling interest in the company was in the hands of E. P. Denkmann, of Rock Island, Illinois. On July 26, 1903, the sawmill was destroyed by fire for a loss of about $75,000. Although the sawmill was not rebuilt, the company continued in existence, buying considerable timber acreage in Perry County.

On June 8, 1917, the company purchased the holdings of the Easterling Lumber Company, at Ora, Covington County, and established a logging operation in Perry County, shipping the logs to Ora over the G. & S. I.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 


?    4-4-0    Baldwin    4709      7-1879      61      17x24       71000

Purchased from New Orleans & Northeastern #225, on 9-20-00. Cost $3,500. Built as Cincinnati Southern Ry. #18; to New Orleans & Northeastern #225, in 12-1884. Baldwin class 8-28 C 179





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