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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

Lumber in Mississippi,   pp. 390-391 PDF (782.6 KB)


Page 391

The Wiscosaqn Lumbtrman..
years in Mississippi, purchasing and
selling lands. He tells me that he
has sold about 175,000 acres during
that time. Mr. Baldwin purchased
122,000 acres from the famous Pearl
River Navigation and Improvement
company and the rest from private
parties. Messrs. Shepherd and Nor-
ton will immediately put their mills
in operation.
Mr. Shepherd has another project
on hand, of which you may have
heard. He wishes to build a mill on
Ship Island, where the largest vessels
can be loaded directly from the mills,
and thus save the expense of lighter-
age. His timber will be floated to
him in rafts.   Ship Island, you
know, is property reserved to the
government, and Mr. Shepherd is
now in Washington seeking the
neccessary authority to locate his
mills on the Island. For the benefit
of western men, I must not neglect
to mention some important facts in
reference to this lumber region.
The most of the timber is the large
leaf yellow pine, the most valuable
product of the forest the world over,
and which is here found in greatest
perfection, and in exhaustless abund-
ance. These pine trees reach an al-
titude in many instances of more
than 100 feet without a crook or
limb.
Another thing of importance; the
forest fires never injury the timber as
they do in Michigan and Maine; there
is no undergrowth, and no "swamp-
ing" necessary.  The soil is a coarse
sand, or gravel, and no ruts are made
by the wagons in hauling. The land
is rolling, high and dry. On Pearl
river, cypress is also plentiful; and
there are numerous openings not only
for sawmills, but for shingle-machines,
factories for making buckets, tubs,
sash and blinds, chairs and furniture.
There are about twelve sawmills on
Pearl river, the largest ones owned
by Mr. Poitevant; six on Wolf river
and five on Jordan; about twenty on
the, Pascagoula, and several other
smaller streams, and the number is
growing constantly.
I should have mentioned, also, that
there are two shipyards atPascagoula.
I saw a beautiful $28,000 schooner,
just completed for a Mexican trader,
lying gracefully out a few miles from
shore. Both these yards have as
much business as they can do. At
Moss Point, there is also a foundry,
and quite a large one. Different
from other sections of Mississippi,
there are few lands for sale in the
coast counties, though any quantities
lie further back, and accessible, as I
have stated, to the seacoast by the nu-
merous inland streams. Mr. Baldwin
informed me that his sales had been
made at from $1.25 to $3.50 an acre.
I hear of numerous tracts for sale,
where the lumber would have to be
hauled not more than from one to
three miles, which can be bought at
from $1 to $5 an acre, according to
location. There are also, large tracts
of land, which actual settlers can
take up under the homestead act-160
acres, if I am not mistaken, to each
head of a family. The land is gen-
erally, however, too poor for agricul-
tural purposes, though for stock rais-
ing, it is excellently adapted.' Cor-
respondence of the Vicksburg Herald.
At East Boston, Mass., there has
been built by N. Gibson, as an ex-
periment, a three masted schooner
without frame. The vessel is 138
feet long, 324 feet beam, and 12 feet
two inches depth of hold. Long,
sharp, large capacity and buoyancy.
The vessel is composed of square
logs of spruce, one foot square,placed
one upon the other, and secured to-
gether by iron bolts, three feet long
and placed twelve inches apart. The
owner expects that this vessel will
prove to be stronger, more capacious,
and faster than vessels of the ordi-
nary construction. In timber there
is a saving of forty per cent.
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