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Research: Tram & Railroad Database

Code: 324
Corporate Name: S. N. Beard company tram
Folk Name:
Incorporated:
Ownership: Solomon N. Beard
Years of Operation: 1904
Track Type:
Standard Gauge Wooden Rails
Track Length: Several miles
Locations Served: Spring (Montgomery)
Counties of Operation:
Line Connections:
Track Information:
Tram Road Logging / Industrial Common Carrier Logging Camp
Equipment: 1903: W. T. Carter and Brother (Camden) sold to S. N. Beard of Willis one 3 cylinder 7x7 Shay locomotive, six narrow gauge log cars, and 120 tons of 35# rails. Other assets Beard was known to have for logging included horses, mules, three log wagons, one truck, and four lumber dollies. Keeling: seven miles of tram at Spring under the name of the Willow Lumber Company
History: Solomon Beard bought the sawmill of the Spring Creek Lumber Company at Spring from the receivership of W. L. Perry and S. A. Crawford (previous owner unknown) on February 2, 1904. He had operations at Conroe and Virgie as well. He was listed in both the reference books of the LCA for the years 1905 and 1907. L. H. Wallis bought from Spring Creek Lumber Company, on October 7, 1907, for $16,136 its sawmill and planing mill, 600,000 lumber on yard, and uncut stumpage. Spring Creek (S. Beard, J. W. Simonton, W. F. Griffin) had purchased the property (sawmill, planing mill, commissary and wares, nine mules, and two log wagons located on the Joseph House survey) earlier that year, on April 27, 1907, for $9,000 from J. F. Neidigk. Neidigk had bought this from H. J. Hufman in 1906. Wallis may have moved the mill to Willow in Harris County, where it was known as the Willow Lumber Company plant. Beard's initial assets from the February 1902 sale were horses, mules, three log wagons, one truck, four lumber dollies, a Casey & Hedges 60-hp engine, an18x40 boiler, one Atlas 9x18 steam engine, and one Skinner 12x20 engine. In November, 1903, W. T. Carter and Brother (Camden) sold to S. N. Beard of Willis one 3 cylinder 7x7 Shay locomotive, six narrow gauge log cars, and 120 tons of 35# rails. Price was $6500, $1500 cash and $5,000 in 33 notes.