Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Lumber in Mississippi, pp. 390-391 PDF (782.6 KB)
The Wisconsin Lumberman. LUMBER IN MISSISSIPPI. Mississippi, pre-eminently an agri- i cultural state, bids fair to yet rival ] Maine or Michigan as a lumber cen- I tre. There is no limit to the demand i for lumber from abroad; there is no I limit to our supply. All southern i Mississippi, and extending far back I into the interior, is one vast unbroken i pine forest, whose wealth of timber has yet been scarcely tapped. Your i correspondent has lately traveled the counties along the seacoast, which 1 form a part of what is now generally spoken of as "The Great Lumber Region of Mississippi," with the special purpose of noting the increase in this industry, the facilities for shipping, etc. When I saythatthree thousand miles of river, navigable for rafts, wind through this " great lum- ber region," some idea may be formed of its vast extent. At this place, the Pascagoula river debouches into the gulf; or, more properly, into the Mississippi sound. The Pascagoula and its tributaries, all navigable for rafts, drain all that section of coun- try, from the Mobile and the Tom- bigbee on the east, and from near the Pearl on the west and as far north as a county or two south of the Vicksburg and Meridian railroad. The Pearl river,emptying into the sound near Bay St. Louis, drains Harrison, Pearl, Lawrence, Pike and two or three other counties ; and the Jordan and Wolf rivers, emptying into Bay St. Louis, extend for more than one hundred miles into the interior. At Moss Point, some six miles above this, at the junction of the Dog river with the Pascagoula, there are now in operation eighteen large saw mills; three or four below the point, and a few smaller ones higher up. From these mills the lumber is trans- ported to the ships in the harbor upon schooners, which generally carry about 40,000 feet each trip. The average capacity of the exporting vessels is about 200,000 feet, or say f 200 tons, though some are as large as 450 tons. The Pascagoula harbor is considered the best on the coast, It is protected by Horn island, which lies off shore eight miles. Just in- side of the island, vessels can load to the depth of eighteen feet, while ves- sels drawing less than sixteen feet can load within two miles of the shore. There are now several foreign vessels in port, loading for England and the continent. To show the growth of the lumber business within the past year: I find that from this district (which in- cludes both the ports of Shieldsboro and Pascagoula) that in January of this year there were 30 vessels cleared, 18 for foreign ports-West Indies, Mexico, South America, England, Belgium, etc., and 12 for coastwise ports-New York, Philadelphia, etc. These vessels had a total tonnage of 7,945 tons, and carried from our shores 5,536,569 feet of lumber. In February, March and April, there was cleared an average of 24 vessels each month. The lumber sells at the mills at an average of $15 per M. To still further give you an idea of what it will be in the future, I will copy from my notes some recent sales of lands in the lumber region. Mr. C. H. Shepherd, of Lansing, Michi- gan, has purchased 40,000 acres in Hancock and Pearl counties, and lo- cated on the Pearl and Jordan rivers. Mr. J. D. Norton and Mr. T. A. Flow- ers, of Pontiac, Mich., something over 40,000 acres, located on Black creek, a tributary to the Pascagoula. Some of these lands are in Lawrence and Copiah counties, on the Pearl; but mostly in Marion county, on Black creek. Mr. T. Hall, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has purchased about 30,000 acres on the Pearl, the Jordan and the Pascagoula. Mr. S. M. Wilcox, one of the heaviest land. owners in Michigan, has bought 12,000 acres on Pearl river, in Marion county. These lands have mostly been sold by Mr. S. M. Baldwin, of Chicago, who has spent the last two 1. i 390 I N.
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