The Albion Lumber Company was incorporated on May 26, 1891 by Miles Standish, Henry B. Hickey, George C. Wilcox, F.W. Crosby
and W.E. Reed, who became president. The company operated in Albion, California. It purchased the equipment and lines of
the Albion River Railroad. The Albion Lumber Company line was 11 miles in length, extending from a log dump at Tidewater
Gulch to Keene’s Summit along the Albion River.
In April 1902, Robert H. Swayne purchased the Albion River Railroad from the Albion Lumber Company and renamed it the Albion
& Southeastern Railroad. Albion Lumber reached an agreement with A&SE to extend its tracks from Keene’s summit to the Albion
In 1906, a large increase in demand for the company’s lumber meant that three additional locomotives needed to be added to
transport the additional lumber. By 1910 Albion Lumber had four miles of logging railroad up the North Fork of the Albion
River from Clearbrook to Camp 10 and two miles from Camp 5 to Marsh Creek. They had four locomotives, 56 four-wheel log trucks,
four flat cars and logging equipment consisting fo rfour steam skidders and five yarders. There were 200 men employed in
the woods and 150 men in the mill, shops, yard, pond and wharf at Albion.
In 1920, they purchased the land and timber rights along the NWP line and the Navarro Lumber Company. In 1921 they leased
the NWP’s Albion Branch of 25.65 miles between Albion and Christine for ten years. This railroad became known as the Albion
Railroad. The lumber went to supply Southern Pacific Company with the timber to construct its branch into Mexico. When it
was completed in 1928, both of the Albion Lumber Company mills were shut down. The NWP’s Albion Branch reverted back to NWP.
In 1930, the Albion Lumber Company property was transferred to the Southern Pacific Company.
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