Research: Tram & Railroad Database

Code: 236
Corporate Name: Beaumont Timber Company at Beaumont
Folk Name:
Ownership: Beaumont Timber Company
Years of Operation: 1892 to 1909
Track Type:
Standard Gauge Wooden Rails
Track Length: Unknown
Locations Served: Beaumont Jefferson
Counties of Operation: Jefferson and possibly Angelina and San Augustine
Line Connections:
Track Information:
Tram Road Logging / Industrial Common Carrier Logging Camp
Equipment: Two locomotives in 1909
History: The Beaumont Timber Company was apparently an independent logging company with its own logging equipment. It may have logged in the counties of Angelina, San Augustine, and Jefferson. Strapnac's work notes that the Beaumont Timber Company existed as early as 1892; it purchased a Grant locomotive that year from the St Louis Southwestern as well as a Baldwin in 1909 from the Southern Iron & Equipment Company. The gauge was thirty-six inches. The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review noted in July 1909 that Beaumont Timber Company won its suit against Lufkin Land & Lumber Company for $10,000. Beaumont Timber argued that Lufkin Land & Lumber had wrongfully cut timber on its lands and sued for the amount the timber would have sold for at the time of harvesting. The defendant argued that the two companies had a verbal agreement and had given timber land to Beaumont Timber in exchange for the land it had harvested. The Supreme Court of Texas found against the defendant and ordered that it pay the $10,000 to the plaintiff. This case marked the first time that damages were paid in accordance with market prices at the time of the damage rather than at the time of finding. Keeling lists the Beaumont Timber Company tram road in his work.