In 1905, the Saline Stave Factory in the newly incorporated village of Saline, in the southern part of Bienville Parish, Louisiana, began production. At that time, Saline was the last stop on the Louisiana and Northwest Railroad (L&NW). Saline was a bustling town whose main industries at the time were cotton, timber, and, later on, watermelons. The sawmill closed in the 1940s following World War II. In the same decade, the L&NW ceased operations. As a historian, I was curious to see if anything pertaining to the sawmill or railroad still existed. The current landowner gave me permission to go onto the land to investigate. I must stress that this land is private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted. Join me as we uncover the lost sawmill of Saline.
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