In 1906, the Long Bell Lumber Company of Kansas City, Missouri, under the leadership of Robert A. Long, began building a premier sawmill at Longville, Louisiana. The steam driven sawmill could cut 350,000 feet of lumber per day. Long- Bell also built homes and all the support facilities needed to sustain the large population of workers and their families. Longville was a "closed town," meaning that the company owned all residential housing, the commissary, hotel, theater, and doctor's office. The Lake Charles and Northern Railroad and the Louisiana and Pacific Railroad provided transportation for the residents and also hauled the sawmill's logs and lumber.
On June 3, 1921, a massive fire destroyed the Long-Bell Lumber Company. Since logging operations had already nearly decimated the Longleaf Pine forest, the company decided not to rebuild the sawmill. Long-Bell sold all of its buildings and moved the workers to other mills. Long-Bell continued to operate a hardwood flooring mill at Longville until 1929.
Nearly a century later, the Long Bell Lumber Company's original red-brick bank building, the First Baptist
Location. 30° 36.409′ N, 93° 13.725′ W. Marker is in Longville, Louisiana, in Beauregard Parish. Marker is on Longville Road (Parish Road 217) east of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Longville LA 70652, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shady Grove School/Community Building (approx. 14 miles away); Newport Industries (approx. 16 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.