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Meadow River Lumber Company, Highway 60, Rainelle, Greenbrier County, WV



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Location
Highway 60, Rainelle, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WV-24
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-1; FN-2; FN-3).
Building/structure dates: 1909 initial construction
Significance: The Meadow River Lumber Company was, at its peak, the world's largest hardwood saw mill in the world. Its history and operation are indicative of the changes in the lumber industry during the 20th century.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopied August 1975 from History of Greenbrier County, J. R. Cole publisher, 1917?. 'BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF RAINELLE'
2. Photocopied August 1975 from History of Greenbrier County, J. R. Cole publisher, 1917?. 'SAW MILL'
3. Photocopied August 1975 from The Evolution of Modern Band Saw Mills for Sawing Logs, Dewitt Clinton Prescott, 1910. VIEW OF BAND SAW. *NOTE* 4'x 5' NEGATIVE
4. Photocopied August 1975 from The Evolution of Modern Band Saw Mills for Sawing Logs, Dewitt Clinton Prescott, 1910. THREE-BLOCK LOG CARRIAGE. *NOTE* 4'x 5' NEGATIVE
5. William E. Barrett Photographer, 1975. GENERAL VIEW OF STORAGE YARDS WITH MILL IN THE BACKGROUND. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
6. William E. Barrett, Photographer, 1975. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING EAST. SAWMILL ON RIGHT. SECONDARY WOODWORKING SHOPS ON LEFT PARTIALLY DEMOLISHED.
7. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOG PONDS LOOKING WEST FROM POWERHOUSE ROOF. TRANSFORMER SHED IN FOREGROUND.
8. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOG DOCK AND PARTIALLY DEMOLISHED JACKSLIP USED FOR HAULING LOGS UP TO SAWMILL.
9. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. WEST FACADE OF SAWMILL SHOWING PARTIALLY DEMOLISHED JACKSLIP.
10. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOG DECK WITH BULL CHAIN IN TROUGH USED TO HAUL UP LOGS. LOOKING WEST.
11. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL SHOWING STEAM CYLINDER AND PISTON ROD OF LEFT-HAND MILL (LEFT) AND HOUSING OF CENTER BANDSAW.
12. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOG DECK AND CARRIAGE TRACKS OF RIGHT-HAND MILL.
13. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL LOOKING EAST. LOGS FOR CENTER MILL ROLLED RIGHT TO CONVEYOR WHICH CARRIED THEM TO SECOND SLOPING DECK.
14. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. CARRIAGE TRACK OF LEFT-HAND MILL SHOWING STEAM CYLINDER AND PISTON ROD.
15. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOG CARRIAGE FOR RIGHT-HAND MILL. LOG CLAMPS HAND OPERATED.
16. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. CENTER MILL (RIGHT-HANDED) WITH CARRIAGE TRACKS AND BANDSAW HOUSING INTACT. LOG CLAMPS ON THIS CARRIAGE WERE PNEUMATICALLY OPERATED.
17. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. UPPER BAND WHEEL OF CENTER MILL.
18. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. EXPOSED VIEW OF LOWER PULLEYS OF LEFT-HAND MILL. LOWER LEFT IS BAND SAW PULLEY. UPPER LEFT IS TENSION WHEEL. LARGE PULLEY ON RIGHT IS DRIVE WHEEL FROM POWER SOURCE.
19. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. LOWER BAND SAW PULLEYS OF RIGHT-HAND MILL. DRIVE PULLEY IN BELOW TENSION PULLEY.
20. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL LOOKING EAST. EDGER SAW AT LOWER LEFT, TRIMMERS AT RIGHT.
21. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. EDGER SAWS FOR RIPPING BOARD TO VARIOUS WIDTHS. BLADES VISIBLE BEHIND ROLLERS.
22. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. CHIPPER OR 'HOG' FOR REDUCING SCRAPS TO WOOD CHIPS. HOUSING PARTIALLY REMOVED.
23. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. FRAMES OF SLASHER SAWS FOR CUTTING WASTE INTO SMALL PIECES.
24. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. CONVEYOR AND REFUSE BURNER.
25. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL LOOKING WEST. ROLLERS FROM TRIPLE EDGER (LEFT) AND DOUBLE EDGER (RIGHT) AND HEAVY TIMBER ROLLERS FROM CENTER MILL (CENTER).
26. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD TRIMMING SAWS.
27. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. TRIMMER SAWS LOOKING BACK FROM SORTING DOCK. SAW BLADES ARE HIDDEN BY HINGED PARTITION. SPIRAL ROLLERS CARRY BOARDS FROM SAWS TO HANDLES.
28. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. TRIMMER SAWS FOR CUTTING BOARDS TO LENGTH. SAWS IN FOREGROUND REMOVED. NOTE BELT DRIVE ON REMAINING SAW.
29. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF SAWMILL LOOKING EAST. LINE ROLLERS AND BILL SAW FOR CUTTING LONG HEAVY TIMBERS AND RAILROAD TIES TO LENGTH.
30. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. SAWMILL SORTING DOCK SHOWING THREE TRACKS OF MOVING CHAIN CONVEYOR. LUMBER WAS UNLOADED ON BOTH SIDES AND PLACED ON CARTS WHOSE RAILS MAY BE SEEN AT LEFT.
31. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. SORTING DOCK LOOKING EAST TOWARD LUMBERYARD. NOTE RAILS FOR LUMBER CARTS. CARTS WERE UNLOADED AT EDGE OF DOCK AND LUMBER WAS PLACED ON FLATCARS TO BE TAKEN TO YARD.
32. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August, 1975. EXTERIOR OF SAWMILL FROM SORTING DOCK SHOWING RESAW SHOP.
33. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. VIEW OF DRYING KILNS FROM THE EAST.
34. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF DRYING KILN. NOTE STEAM PIPES UNDER FLOOR AT LEFT AND RIGHT.
35. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF PLANNING MILL LOOKING EAST.
36. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTEIROR OF PLANNING MILL SHOWING SIDE TRUSS SUPPORTING ONE OF THE MAIN TRUSSES.
37. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF PLANNING MILL SHOWING SIDE TRUSS SUPPORTING TWO MAIN TRUSSES. NOTE INCREASE IN UNOBSTRUCTED FLOOR SPACE.
38. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF LOADING SHED WITH KILN DOORS AT LEFT.
39. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. EXTERIOR OF MACHINE SHOP AND POWERHOUSE LOOKING SOUTH.
40. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. ROOF OF POWERHOUSE SHOWING HOPPERS FOR SAWDUST USED TO FIRE STEAM BOILERS. DUCTS AT LEFT LEAD FROM PLANNING MILL AND OTHER MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS.
41. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. EARLY (PROBABLY ORIGINAL) BOILER FRONTS.
42. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. MAIN DRIVE ENGINE FOR SAWMILL; A FILER AND STOWELL, TYPE '1900,' HEAVY DUTY CORLISS ENGINE (ser. no. 4352). NOTE EXPOSED CROSSHEAD JOINING PISTON ROD AND CONNECTING ROD.
43. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. DRIVE ENGINE AND BELT PULLEY OF SAWMILL; A FILER AND STONWELL, TYPE '1900,' HEAVY DUTY CORLISS ENGINE (ser. no. 4352). BELT OPENING TO SAWMILL MAY BE SEEN BEHIND WHEEL.
44. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. GENERAL VIEW OF MAIN DRIVE ENGINE FOR SAWMILL; A FILER AND STOWELL, TYPE '1900', HEAVY DUTY CORLISS ENGINE (set. no. 4352).
45. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. EARLY STEAM GENERATING UNIT USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY FOR MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND FOR THE TOWN OF RAINELLE. STEAM ENGINE IS A HAMILTON CORLISS.
46. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. INTERIOR OF EAST ADDITION TO POWERHOUSE SHOWING GENERATING UNITS (STEAM TURBINE) ADDED.
47. William E. Barrett, Photographer, September 1975. COMPANY BANK BUILDING.
48. William E. Barrett, Photographer, September 1975. MEADOW RIVER LUMBER COMPANY OFFICES.
49. William E. Barrett, Photographer, September 1975. STATION AND OFFICES OF THE NICHOLAS FAYETTE AND GREENPRIER RAILROAD, THE LINE BUILT BY THE LUMBER COMPANY TO CONNECT IT WITH THE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO RAILWAY. LOOKING SOUTH AT MILL IN BACKGROUND.
50. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. FORMER COMPANY STORE. NORTH ELEVATION.
51. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. RESIDENCE OF JOHN RAINE.
52. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. JOHN RAINE RESIDENCE. SOUTH ELEVATION.
53. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. COMPANY HOUSING IN CENTER RAINELLE.
54. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. COMPANY HOUSING IN WEST RAINELLE.
55. William E. Barrett, Photographer, August 1975. METHODIST CHURCH BUILT BY MEADOW RIVER LUMBER COMPANY.
56. william E. Barrett, Photographer, Sept. 1975. LOOKING UP AT WATER TOWER.


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