World Class Timber Operation

This interesting photo of part of the ACL mill in the foreground shows nice balance. Easily discernable are part of the thirty-six miles of rail that ran throughout the mill carrying the product from tree to lumber and then to the long shed for shipment. The large light-colored building on the left is made up of 14 kiln rooms each 20 feet wide and 104 feet long. There are 14 on the right side also. This was the largest dry kiln operation anywhere in the world about 1915. The 4 smoke stacks on the left are located on the bend of the Sampit River. Three houses on the bank (the Colber, the Parker, the Kaminski) are clearly visible as well as the U.S. Bost Office and Customs House. Behind the smokestack in the center of the picture, one can see three of the four masts of a schooner docked at the long shed (not seen) taking on cargo.

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  • Title Timber
  • Author
  • Keywords been part of South Carolina’s economy since the late seventeenth century, live oaks were especially valued for use as ships’ knees and mast trees, briefly became the center of the naval stores industry, Westvaco and Georgia Pacific had mills for converting pulp into paper and for making board lumber
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date December 6, 2023
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 25, 2022
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