Research: Tram & Railroad Database

Code: 96
Corporate Name: Boynton Lumber Company
Folk Name:
Ownership: Boynton Lumber Company: Albert and Walter Boynton.
Years of Operation: 1908 to 1912
Track Type:
Standard Gauge Wooden Rails
Track Length: Five
Locations Served: Logtown Newton
Counties of Operation: Newton
Line Connections: Orange and Northwestern at Newton
Track Information:
Tram Road Logging / Industrial Common Carrier Logging Camp
History: Brothers Albert and Walter Boynton moved their 50,000 foot mill from Angelina County to Newton County about 1908. The Boynton Brothers chose a site for their mill, just east of Bleakwood, and named the town Logtown. They employed about a hundred men during the 1910 census year, and ran a commissary store and boarding house. Logtown had about 700 residents at the time, but these numbers rapidly diminished when the brothers moved their mill back to Sturgis (White City), San Augustine County. Working about 100 men in the mills and in logging operations, the Boynton Brothers moved cut timber to the mill on a logging tram from the 3,000 acre pinery they owned. Keelingl lists five miles of tram road operating at the Boynton mill at Logtown.