N&W Territory in 1910

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
June 7, 1910

County Traversed by Lumber Company's Line Also Underlaid With High Grade of Coal
I. F. Jackson, a prominent lumberman of Honaker was in Bluefield last night on his way to Rich Creek, Va., where he will load two cars of walnut timber.
Mr. Jackson says the large lumber plant at Honaker is now in full blast and is turning out timber at the rate of 60,000 feet per day. The company, it is understood, will add another band saw mill to the plant, which will make three mills complete under one roof, with a capacity of about 100,000 feet per day.
This company now has in operation about nine miles of standard gauge railroad which is being extended into Buchanan county through a section which abounds in fine timber and is underlaid with vast quantities of the very best grade of domestic coal.
While the Honaker Lumber Company is only interested in the marketing of the timber products, it proposes to give all inducements to the coal operators who own the coal rights to develop their properties.
[This lumber railroad extended north and west out of Honaker, Va., which is on the N&W's Clinch Valley line, into Buchanan County. Two 1916 topo maps on www.historical.maptech.com shows about 27 miles of track]

Gordon Hamilton
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