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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Long Leaf

 
Clickable Map of Rapides Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Rapides Parish, LA (135) Allen Parish, LA (11) Avoyelles Parish, LA (94) Evangeline Parish, LA (6) Grant Parish, LA (16) LaSalle Parish, LA (2) Natchitoches Parish, LA (40) Vernon Parish, LA (35)  RapidesParish(135) Rapides Parish (135)  AllenParish(11) Allen Parish (11)  AvoyellesParish(94) Avoyelles Parish (94)  EvangelineParish(6) Evangeline Parish (6)  GrantParish(16) Grant Parish (16)  LaSalleParish(2) La Salle Parish (2)  NatchitochesParish(40) Natchitoches Parish (40)  VernonParish(35) Vernon Parish (35)
Long Leaf, Louisiana and Vicinity
    Rapides Parish (135)
    Allen Parish (11)
    Avoyelles Parish (94)
    Evangeline Parish (6)
    Grant Parish (16)
    La Salle Parish (2)
    Natchitoches Parish (40)
    Vernon Parish (35)
 
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GEOGRAPHIC SORT
1Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — "Jitney"
The "Jitneys" replaced mules and manpower in moving lumber buggies around the mill yard.The 2 jitneys were built in the machine shop at Long Leaf from Chevrolet engines and scrap metal under the supervision of Dick Stokeld, foreman from 1948 to . . . — Map (db m134439) HM
2Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — "Loggers Dream"
This shop-built yarding outfit on a Ford F6 truck was a very adaptable logging aid. It traveled at truck speeds on the highways and was quick and easy to set up and take down. It could pull logs from any direction up to 500 feet. It was used for . . . — Map (db m134459) HM
3Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Across The Tracks — The Barber Shop, Post Office, Hotel and Doctor's Office
This Building is the Second Long Leaf post office It was built in the 1918-20 expansion, and was located across the railroad tracks from this spot. Also on the other side of the tracks were located a hotel, barber shop, and the doctor's office. . . . — Map (db m134352) HM
4Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Clyde Double Drum-Cable Outhaul Log Skidder
The machine In front of you is the last remaining example of what was known as a "Clyde Skidder". Developed by the Clyde Iron Works of Duluth MN, shortly after 1902 and modified several times thereafter. In its initial version, it consisted of a . . . — Map (db m134959) HM
5Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Clyde Log Skidder — 1919 — Clyde Iron Works Duluth, Minnesota —
Wood burning, steam powered, 4 line, re-haul skidder on wheels. A wire rope was run from its metal booms to the woods where logs were hooked and hauled into piles near the tracks. This is the only double-end skidder known to exist! — Map (db m134361) HM
6Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Crowell and Spencer Engine #400
Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA, Construction #51175, January, 1919 Baldwin Class 10-32-D #1167, type 4-6-0. Delivered at Long Leaf, February, 1919, placed in service, August, 1919. Last used February, 1953.Engine #400 was the . . . — Map (db m134463) HM
7Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Dry Kilns, Old & New — Informational Trail Sign
The DRY KILNS were necessary to transform the lumber from its green (or wet) condition into a low-moisture-content product for sales and economical transport. The kilns enabled the management of controlled conditions of heat and stream to remove . . . — Map (db m134536) HM
8Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Locomotive #400 — 1919
Baldwin 4-6-0 Standard-gauge steam engine.#400 hauled log cars to the Long Leaf sawmill. Its last run was December 9, 1952.4-6-0 means: 4 Wheels (2 pair) in front, 6 driving wheels, and 0 wheels under the cab. — Map (db m134359) HM
9Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Locomotive Graveyard
In this area, along a track buried in brush in front of you, Crowell Long Leaf Lumber scrapped at least 5 steam engines in 1954-55. The 5 engines known scrapped here were Crowell and Spencer Shays #1 and #2, Alexandria Lumber Co. 2-6-0, #3, Crowell . . . — Map (db m134466) HM
10Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Long Leaf Depot — This Location is the site of the Long Leaf Depot
The depot was built on this site about 1906 as a joint agency of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern RR and the Red River and Gulf RR. Both shared expenses equally, and the RR&G provided housing for the agent in the house on your left as you . . . — Map (db m134349) HM
11Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Long Leaf Planer Mill — Ca. 1898 to 1969 (and today)
The Planer mill building is the oldest surviving building at Long Leaf. While this building may have been constructed as early as 1895, it most probably dates from 1898, when Crowell and Spencer changed from partnership, to a corporation, Crowell & . . . — Map (db m134437) HM
12Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Long Leaf Sawmill — 1957 to 1969 (and present)
Long Leaf was rebuilt for the fifth and final time in 1957. At that time the mill was converted to electricity, the logging was taken over by trucks, and the log pond was filled and closed. At the same time, a new dry kiln replaced the 1936 kiln, . . . — Map (db m134576) HM
13Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Long Leaf Sawmill — The Log Pond and the log washer, 1895 to 1969
This is the log pnd area. The log pond was in service from 1895, (when the logging railroad was built) until 1954, when the mill was closed for the first time. After the 1957 rebuilding and the conversion of logging to trucks, there was no need for . . . — Map (db m134615) HM
14Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Long Leaf Sawmill — 1900 to 1957
This sawmill is the third sawmill built at Long Leaf. It replaced the initial steam powered sawmill at this location, which was built between 1893 and 1895 and burned on October 1, 1900. That mill was the second located here, replacing the earliest . . . — Map (db m134664) HM
15Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Lumber Carts
Before the 1950's the planer mill, sawmill and warehouses were connected by a series of wooden tramways. These lumber carts were used to transport rough and unfinished lumber and molding between the buildings. Some of the carts were pushed by hand, . . . — Map (db m134375) HM
16Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Lumber Transfer — 1956 — Moore Dry Kiln Company, Jacksonville, Florida —
The stacker machine filled low, wheeled carts with green lumber. The loaded carts rolled on rails onto the "transfer" which moved them over to the rails entering the Dry Kiln. The overhead wires carried electricity for the transfer's motors. — Map (db m134356) HM
17Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Old Planer Mill Machinery
Before the 1956 remodel, this equipment was used in the planer mill. It is a variety of equipment from planers to molding machines that were replaced by newer, more efficient machines in 1956. A couple of the original molding machines, similar to . . . — Map (db m134377) HM
18Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Red River and Gulf RR Locomotive #106
Red River and Gulf #106 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive works in September, 1923. It is a 4-6-0 type locomotive and is very similar to Crowell #400. Its builders number was 57203 and it cost $29,520. #106 was the last new locomotive built for . . . — Map (db m134618) HM
19Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — Straddle Truck — 1957 — Hyster Model MD5760 —
Hyster Model MD5760 (used Butane fuel)The Straddle Truck was used to move lumber around the mill site.It drove over a stack of lumber, 'straddling' it, and clamped under to lift it. — Map (db m134440) HM
20Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — The "Roundhouse", The Machine Shop and the "Car Knockers Shed"
These buildings were at the heart of the Red River & Gulf RR, and the Crowell's lumbering operations. The engine house, which was known as the "roundhouse" despite its shape, was where the locomotives were kept arid basic servicing between runs was . . . — Map (db m134468) HM
21Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — The Commissary
The commissary was the social heart of any lumber or logging town. It handled all the necessities of life and also served as a meeting place for the various families, and off duty workers. The Third Commissary, 1948 This is the third commissary . . . — Map (db m134448) HM
22Louisiana (Rapides Parish), Long Leaf — The McGiffert Log Loader
The McGiffert Log Loader was a rail hauled, log loading machine invented in 1901 by John R. McGiffert. Several hundred of these machines were built for use in North America, alone. Today, only 5 or 6 exist in the US, and one in Canada. These . . . — Map (db m134535) HM
 
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