Williams Yellow Pine Co.

Standard gauge, 45 to 60-lb rail

Headquarters: Poplarville

Mill Location: Wilco, MS (Pearl River County)

Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1918-1931

Miles Operated: 18 miles in 1926

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Williams Yellow Pine Company was incorporated at South Poplarville, Pearl River County, on January 17, 1918 by R. J. Williams, C. L. Stamps, R. L. Henderson, W. C. Fowler and W. C. Schwen, all of Poplarville, with authorized capital stock of $300,000. R. J. Williams was president and general manager. 

The company built a double band mill at Wilco, three miles south of Poplarville, with a cutting capacity of 100,000 feet per day. This mill cut only longleaf yellow pine, specializing in long timbers and dimension stock. Machinery throughout the mill was made by the Filer & Stowell Company. Initially the logging railroad was about 5 miles in length. 

The mill was destroyed by fire twice and rebuilt both times before cutting out in 1931.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

33-2 Shay

 

Lima

 

864

 

7/1904

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

63400

 

Thayer Lumber Co. #9, Muskegon, MI

Genesee Lumber Co. #9, Genesee, LA, by 2/1919.

Williams Yellow Pine Co. #2, by 1/1921.

 

 

 

3

 

37-2 Shay

 

Lima

 

1723

 

8/1906

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

74000

 

Flat Creek Mill Co. #4, Finchburg, AL

Louisell Lumber Co. #4, Richardson, MS, on 11/8/1909.

A. G. Little Lumber Co. #4, Richardson, MS, on 6/29/1911 (leased).

Cybur Lumber Co. #4, on 4/8/1912.

Williams Yellow Pine Co. #3

 

 

 

4

 

Rod

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

90000

 

Unknown.

Williams Yellow Pine Co. #4

 

 

 

10

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2609

 

2/1913

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

Richton Lumber Co. #10, Richton, MS

Williams Yellow Pine Co. #10, on 4/1/1925.

 

 

 

1206

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

6226

 

5/1882

 

17x24

 

49

 

79000

 

Shenandoah Valley R.R. #38

Norfolk & Western R.R. 1st #545, in 12/1890.

Big Sandy, East Lynn & Guyan #7, East Lynn, WV, in 11/1903.

Norfolk & Western Ry. 1st #500, in 6/1908.

Independent Construction Co., in 5/1911.

Augusta Northern #1, Marion, SC, in 9/1911.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1206

Bay Creek Lumber Co. #1206, on 4/2/1918.

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA, on 7/21/1919.

Williams Yellow Pine Co. #1206

Baldwin class 10-30 D 129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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