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Burton Lumber Mill

August 26, 2009

Lumber Company Train

Lumber Company Train

The Navy Yard land north of the Noisette Creek was in private hands until the start of World War II.  Up until then it was the site of the Burton Lumber Company.  The Company started in 1900 and was one of the largest in the State, employing 150 workers.  Burton bought practically all of the land between Noisette and Goose Creeks and the Cooper River and Old Meeting Street Road for the purpose of cutting and selling timber.  In 1908 Burton had a major fire that destroyed 6,000,000 feet of kiln dried cypress lumber valued at about $125,000.

As the timber was cut and sold, new trees were not planted.  The land was sold to developers including the group that laid out the Park Circle area.  In 1914, the Olde North Charleston neighborhood began when twelve “company houses.”  The entire Burton mill burned again in 1923 and never opened again.

Cooepr River Mill__Riverfront Park is at lower right

Cooepr River Mill__Riverfront Park is at lower right

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