[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company. Unidentified photographer.
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company
[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company

[A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM] 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company; 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company

Charleston, South Carolina: A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company, circa 1905. Unbound.

This lot has 18 card-mounted albumin photographs detailing operations of the Tuxbury Lumber Company in Charleston, South Carolina. Ten images, measuring approximately 4.5” x 3.5” are mounted on dark grey cards measuring about 6.5” x 5.5”. Eight images, measuring approximately 5” x 3” are mounted on white cards measuring 7” x 5”. “AC Tuxbury Lmber Co” is written on the reverse of one card. The cards are stored in a box, and “A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Co. / pictures” is written on the top in the same hand. No images are captioned. All of the photos are in nice shape. The cards have some warping.

The photographs include:

Six images of the virgin lowland swamp forest including a company building, officials in suits, and railroad tracks.

Two images of a Forney 0-4-4 locomotive purchased by Tuxbury in 1906 per The Railway Age, April, 1906 issue. One image shows white company officials and workmen posing in front of the locomotive while its black engineer looks down on the group for the cab window. The other shows the locomotive in operation in conjunction with a steam hoist—perhaps a McGiffert loader—at a logging site.

Five images of the company’s mill complex in North Charleston including the saw mill, storage facilities, small stored equipment, and a partially loaded boxcar.

One image of a company official posing with a felled tree; “1086 ft” has been written in pencil on the tree.

One image of the company’s steam tugboat, Victory.

Two images of three-masted schooners moored at the company’s North Charleston mill complex. One image shows a single vessel. The other shows two schooner and a steam tug.

One image of mansions along Charleston’s Battery. Good to Very Good. Item #009629

The Tuxbury Lumber Company operated mill complexes along the Atlantic Seaboard. In 1905, Charles Hill and Fred Davies built a large sawmill at Shipyard Creek near Charleston’s old naval yard. In addition to using schooners to ship it products, the company had connections will all of the major southern railroads including the Southern Railway, Seaboard Air Line, and the Atlantic Coast Line. At the time of these photos, Tuxbury lumbering operations were centered along the Ashley and Cooper Rivers where cut logs were simply floated to the mill or first hauled on tramways by locomotive power to the river. After depleting forests in Michigan, lumbering companies shifted operations to the southern Atlantic coast. Tuxbury, a New York firm, operated one of the largest lumbering operations in South Carolina until the timber tract were stripped bare. The Charleston mill shut down in 1938, and Tuxbury went out of business in 1939. During its 34 years of operation, the company cut 715 million board feet of lumber.

For more information see Fetter’s Logging Railroads of South Carolina, “Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail) History” online at TrailLink, and Hester’s “Establishing the Francis Marion National Forest . . . 1901-1936” in the 2011 Spring/Fall issue of Forest History Today..

Price: $350.00