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Jimmy Ochiltree Sims Home

Born in Orange, J.O. Sims (1874-1961) rose from clerk to Board Chairman during his long career with the First National Bank. He married Mary Alberta Spooner (1879-1948) in 1899 and built this ...

Born in Orange, J.O. Sims (1874-1961) rose from clerk to Board Chairman during his long career with the First National Bank. He married Mary Alberta Spooner (1879-1948) in 1899 and built ...

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  • house
  • nrhp

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 ...

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 ...

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  • lumber
  • town

Captain George M. Levingston (Feb. 25, 1874 - Oct. 27, 1971)

A licensed river captain and the son of a pioneer area shipbuilder, George M. Levingston was a leader in the development of Orange's shipbuilding industry. In 1933, after years of experience in the ...

A licensed river captain and the son of a pioneer area shipbuilder, George M. Levingston was a leader in the development of Orange's shipbuilding industry. In 1933, after years of experience in the ...

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  • orange
  • citizen

Fenway Studios

Fenway Studios is one a few buildings in the United States designed from artists’ specifications that is still in use by artists’ today. 

Fenway Studios is one a few buildings in the United States designed from artists’ specifications that is still in use by artists’ today.

    Orange Chamber of Commerce

    t The Orange Chamber of Commerce traces its history to an 1887 citizens' committee that was formed to promote the area's business potential. A reorganization of the committee resulted in the ...

    t The Orange Chamber of Commerce traces its history to an 1887 citizens' committee that was formed to promote the area's business potential. A reorganization of the committee resulted in ...

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    • chamber of comm...
    • commerce

    Across The Track - The Barber Shop, Post Office, Hotel and Doctor's Office

    This Building is the Second Long Leaf post officeIt 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 ...

    This Building is the Second Long Leaf post officeIt 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 ...

    • louisiana
    • lumber
    • mill town

    Orange Southern Pacific Railroad Depot

    From 1908 to 1974, the Orange train depot served Southern Pacific Rail company cars passing through Orange. prior to this time, transportation by road and on water was unreliable and unsafe, which ...

    From 1908 to 1974, the Orange train depot served Southern Pacific Rail company cars passing through Orange. prior to this time, transportation by road and on water was unreliable and unsafe, ...

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    • depot
    • orange

    The Gary Wayne Cooper Memorial Railroad Museum Park Pavilion

    The Gary Wayne Cooper Memorial Railroad Museum Park Pavilion Dedicated on April 7, 2016 For his many years of faithful service to the city and his undaunting preservation of the history of his ...

    The Gary Wayne Cooper Memorial Railroad Museum Park Pavilion Dedicated on April 7, 2016 For his many years of faithful service to the city and his undaunting preservation of the history of ...

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    • railroad
    • museum
    • citizen
    • memorial

    Fork Lift

    1957 Hyster Model RC 150 (Used Butane Fuel) The fork lift was used to move stacks of lumber. It greatly reduced the tedious hand stacking of lumber board by board.

    1957 Hyster Model RC 150 (Used Butane Fuel) The fork lift was used to move stacks of lumber. It greatly reduced the tedious hand stacking of lumber board by board.

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    • machinery
    • lumber
    • sawmill

    John Thomas Stark

    Patriarch of the Orange County Stark family, John T. Stark was born in Pebble  County, Ohio, in 1821 and moved to East Texas in 1840. He settled in Newton County in the 1850s where he read law and ...

    Patriarch of the Orange County Stark family, John T. Stark was born in Pebble  County, Ohio, in 1821 and moved to East Texas in 1840. He settled in Newton County in the 1850s where he read law ...

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    • industrialist
    • cemetery

    Dry Kilns, Old & New

    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • lumber
    • mill
    • forestry

    "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 ...

    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 ...

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    • machinery
    • lumber
    • sawmill

    Locomotive #400 - 1919

    Baldwin 4-6-0Standard-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 ...

    Baldwin 4-6-0Standard-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 ...

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    • railroad
    • locomotive
    • lumber
    • sawmill

    Calvary Baptist Church Bayou Chicot

    Founded in 1812.  Joseph Willis was the first Baptist minister to preach the Gospel west of the Mississippi River. Between 1804-1805, Willis arrived in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, where he began ...

    Founded in 1812.  Joseph Willis was the first Baptist minister to preach the Gospel west of the Mississippi River. Between 1804-1805, Willis arrived in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, where he ...

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    • church

    City of Ville Platte - City Hall

    This building was purchased by the Cecil R. Lebas administration on December 18,1977. To preserve a historic building and landmark of Evangeline Parish, to serve the people of Ville Platte as City ...

    This building was purchased by the Cecil R. Lebas administration on December 18,1977. To preserve a historic building and landmark of Evangeline Parish, to serve the people of Ville Platte as City ...

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    • city

    National Register of Historic Places

    Built in 1914, this building was the second location of the Evangeline Bank & Trust Company until 1976. The original 1906 site of the bank was 102 West Main Street which is also on the National ...

    Built in 1914, this building was the second location of the Evangeline Bank & Trust Company until 1976. The original 1906 site of the bank was 102 West Main Street which is also on the ...

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    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • lumber
    • machinery
    • sawmill

    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, ...

    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, ...

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    • locomotive
    • railroad

    "Jitney"

    The

    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 ...

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    • lumber
    • sawmill
    • machinery

    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • lumber
    • sawmill

    Clyde Double Drum- Cable Outhaul Log Skidder

    The machine In front of you is the last remaining example of what was known as a

    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 ...

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    • saw mill
    • machinery
    • lumber

    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • lumber
    • sawmill
    • machinery

    Corliss Steam Engine

    Circa 1935 Allis-Chalmers Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This large stationary steam engine provided power to the planing mill next door. The double-spoke flywheel in 12 ft. in diameter and 4 ft. wide. It is ...

    Circa 1935 Allis-Chalmers Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This large stationary steam engine provided power to the planing mill next door. The double-spoke flywheel in 12 ft. in diameter and 4 ft. wide. It is ...

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    • lumber
    • sawmill

    Clyde Log Skidder

    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • machinery
    • lumber

    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 ...

    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 ...

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    • railroad
    • locomotive