Research: Tram & Railroad Database

Code: 207
Corporate Name: Jasper & Eastern
Folk Name:
Ownership: Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe
Years of Operation: 1904
Track Type:
Standard Gauge Wooden Rails
Track Length:
Locations Served: From Kirbyville, Texas, ninety-eight miles to Oakdale, Louisiana. Jasper
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Track Information:
Tram Road Logging / Industrial Common Carrier Logging Camp
History: Santa Fe, as it demonstrated with its collusion with Kirby, wanted access to the timberlands of the Sabine River. It chartered Jasper & Eastern Railawy Company in 1904, with the intent to build across the Sabine into the Louisiana pineries. And so it did, from the terminus of the Gulf Beaumont & Kansas City (Santa Fe) at Kirbyville eastward across the Sabine to DeRidder by June 1906, thirty-nine miles; to Cravens, June 1907, eighteen miles; and Oakdale, February 1908, twenty-four miles. It was not just Kirby Lumber that would use Jasper & Eastern. The railway company was mentioned in American Lumberman in February 1906: “The Industrial Lumber Company is to take a short cut to get a new mill in operation on the DeRidder-Oakdale extenstion of the Jasper & Eastern, . .”. It serviced points in Newton County, with one link at Bleakwood with the Orange & Northwestern.