East Texas Logging Railroads (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
East Texas Logging Railroads (Images of Rail)

When the first logging railroad was built in Jasper County inthe 1870s, the virgin East Texas forest spread across a vast areathe size of Indiana. That first eight-mile logging line heralded aboom era of lumbering and railroading that would last well into the20th century. Before the era was over, thousands of miles oflogging railroads would be built, and hundreds of communities wouldspring up along their routes. As times changed, the mills closedand nearly all of the early rail lines were abandoned, but most ofthe communities they helped establish survived those changes andthrive into the present day.Murry Hammond has spent his life preserving the transportationand industrial history of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.He established the Texas Transportation Archive website as a meansof sharing his private collection of photographs, maps, and otheritems of interest. He has also been a professional musician for 30years, performing with Texas music legends Old 97's. The images inImages of Rail: East Texas Logging Railroads were gathered from hisown collection, various private collectors, libraries, and specialarchives across East Texas.