Valley Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 30 to 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Camden, Ark.

Mill Location: Gloster, MS (Amite County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1913-1915

Miles Operated: 11 miles

Locomotives Owned

Also see: W. L. Robinson Lbr. Co.

Gloster Lumber Co.

Equipment:

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

On March 28, 1913, for $95,000 the Valley Lumber Company, of Camden, Arkansas, bought 3,400 acres of timber land in the vicinity of Gloster, Amite County, from the Boutin Timber Company, of Bayfield, Wisc. On June 9, 1913 the company bought the sawmill plant, logging railroad and equipment of the W. L. Robinson Lumber Company, on the northern outskirts of Gloster. The price was $33,000 which included lease of the mill site. Officers of the company were: J. T. Sifford, vice president, and C. W. Niehuss, secretary. 

On January 23, 1915, the Valley Lumber Company sold all its timber holdings and rights-of-way plus other real estate and lands in Mississippi to the Gloster Lumber Company for $100,000. Included in this deal was the property bought by the Valley Lumber Company on June 9, 1913, from the W. L. Robinson Lumber Company and the timber bought from the Boutin Timber Company on March 28, 1913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

23-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1610

 

12/1905

 

3-9x8

 

26

 

43400

 

W. L. Robinson Lumber Co. #1, Gloster, MS

Valley Lumber Co. #1, on 6/9/1913.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #939,

on 8/11/1913.

Bowie Lumber Co. #9, Bowie, LA,

on 4/11/1916.

Transferred as #9 to St. James, LA.

 

3

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

4926

 

1/1880

 

15x18

 

36

 

70000

 

Denver, South Park & Pacific #52

Built 36" gauge.

Re. #192 in 1885.

Denver, Leadville & Gunnison #192, in 1889.

Colorado & Southern #32, in 1/1899.

J. J. White #4, McComb City, MS, in 1901.

Changed to standard gauge.

W. L. Robinson Lumber Co. #3, Gloster, MS, ca. 1911.

Valley Lumber Co. #3, on 6/9/1913.

Baldwin class 10-24 E 40

 

Gloster Lumber Co. #3, Gloster, MS,

on 1/23/1915.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1097,

on 4/26/1916.

Mardez Lumber Co., Benford, TX,

on 12/6/1916.

 

5

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

 

 

 

 

3-10x10

 

 

 

56000

 

Unknown.

Ship Island Lumber Co. 1st #9, Sanford, MS

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #904

Valley Lumber Co. #5, on 8/11/1913.

Cost $3,650 with $1,250 allowed in trade on Shay #1.

 

Dropped by 1/1915.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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