Tioga Sawmill Commissary

Tioga Sawmill Commissary (HM27SW)

Location: Pineville, LA 71360 Rapides Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 23.012', W 92° 25.749'

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The Iron Mountain Railroad pushed its lines into Central Louisiana
in 1880. Five miles north of Pineville, Julius Levin built a sawmil1
beside the tracks. He named his town "Levin" which was later
changed to "Tioga. A commissary was built at this time. In 1905,
built by Levin, was purchased by Stephen Sword" Lee
and the name changed to the Lee Lumber Company.
The commissary was a rural version of the uptown department
store. The Tioga commissary offered everything needed in a normal
household, including sewing fabric, work clothes, over-the-counter
drugs, cosmetics, canned goods, fresh produce, meats, horse
feed, hay and fencing. Ice cost 5 cents for a ten pound block.
The sawmill closed in 1925 when timber had been depleted; the
houses and commissary purchased by Sam Allen. Mr. Sam continued
to serve the community until 1947 when Rudolph Merritt, a long
time employee of the store, acquired the inventory. In 1981, this
historic structure closed its doors as the community store.
HM NumberHM27SW
Placed ByCapital One
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 554277 N 3472249
Decimal Degrees31.38353333, -92.42915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 23.012', W 92° 25.749'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 23' 0.72000000000003" N, 92° 25' 44.94" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1301-1315 Tioga Rd, Pineville LA 71360, US
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