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Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Savannah Lumber Company

Fort King George Historic Site

 
 
The Savannah Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. The Savannah Lumber Company Marker
Inscription. Taken approximately from where you are now standing, the photograph to the top left is of the Savannah Lumber Company’s sawmill, circa 1905. The ruins of this mill are in front of you. At the beginning of the twentieth century, due to lack of conservation, large cypress and yellow pine trees up the Altamaha River were severely depleted. This brought an end to the much larger Hilton & Dodge lumber mill operating on this site. In its place was built this smaller, more efficient mill. This mill ran from 1905 until 1923 when the timber era in Darien came to a close due to depleted resources and decreasing demand. Also pictured below left is a 1918 Core of Engineers field survey map that shows a railroad tram running to this mill. A part of the Georgia Coast and Piedmont Railroad system, this tram brought logs from inland areas. Note how the railroad tram split as it approached the mill. The land shown at right was for transporting logs in, while the lane at left was for transporting cut timber back out. The old beds for these trams make up the nature trail on this site.
 
Location. 31° 21.882′ N, 81° 24.984′ W. Marker is in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McIntosh Road and Wayne Street, on the right when traveling
The Savannah Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. The Savannah Lumber Company Marker
north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Fort King George Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 McIntosh Road, Darien GA 31305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To The Soldiers Of Fort King George (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years of Sawmilling (within shouting distance of this marker); How Steam Engines Worked (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Bluff Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Guale Indian Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort King George (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Early Spanish Mission (about 400 feet away); Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
 
Also see . . .  Fort King George Historic Site. (Submitted on November 16, 2013.)
 
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The Savannah Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
3. The Savannah Lumber Company Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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