The History of Mt Lookout, WV

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Kincaid Lineage

I decided to go ahead and put my Kincaid lineage in some type of printed format. It is far from finished and as you can see the further you go back the harder it is to document. I have a number of deeds I need to pull that will hopefully help me confirm the connections from William M. to earlier. I hope to do this to my other lines as time allows and that this will be of help to the rest of you.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wilderness Lumber Company

In "The Story of Mt. Lookout" by Carrie Jo Huffman, she states that the 43,000 acres to the North of Meadow River was a mighty forest of giant poplars, great red oaks, white oaks, chestnut, walnut, and cherry. From the pictures I have here of the Wilderness Lumber Company I can certainly believe that.

The Wilderness Lumber Company was located in Nallen, WV. As a kid I can remember driving through Nallen and seeing the remnants of the mill. It was amazing for me to find out that it used to be the largest hardwood operation in the WORLD. In 1927 they even supplied the lumber and other timber that the U.S. Navy used to restore the USS Constitution "Old Ironsides".

Lumberyard Crew - My grandfather George Wesley Kincaid (center)

Look at the size of that log they are sitting on!!

I really don't know the names of anyone in these photos other than my grandfather. Judging by the size of those trees, I think it's a safe bet to say that they were real men. I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been. As you can see NO power equipment.

Here are a few links to old newspaper articles that I found regarding Wilderness Lumber Company

The Morgantown Post / July 21,1961
Beckley Post-Herald / June 8,1972
Beckley Post-Herald / January 2,1973
The Raleigh Register / June 29,1977

If you have any information regarding Wilderness Lumber Company or these photos I would love to hear it.