CUSTOMERS SERVED BY THE
ST. LOUIS SOUTHWESTERN RAILROAD

This site is a list of all the customers of the St. Louis-Southwestern Railroad, better known as the Cotton Belt. The original information for this site was provided in a series of four emails from Joe Locke.

Bradley Linda provided information about the cement plant at Waco, TX.

Bill Fryman provided information about the industries with an asterisk (*) by their name.

Bill Fryman and Edwin Cooper have provided information which is after the tables.

If you can provide any information, please contact the host.

This page is part of David Coscia's SP Site

September 12, 2010




ARKANSAS

CITY

COMPANY

APPROX.
YEAR

PRODUCT

INBOUND
CARS

OUTBOUND
CARS

Apalco, Arkansas Arkansas Power & Light Co. . . . .
Arkalite, Arkansas Arkalite, Arkansas . . . .
Bearden, Arkansas Bear Brand Roofing Co. . roofing materials tank cars, hopper cars boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats
Bests, Arkansas Carlton Smith . . . .
. Standard Oil Co. of Louisiana . . . .
Bull Neck, Arkansas W.G. Alexander . . . .
Camden, Arkansas Shumaker NAD . ammunition and rockets for the Navy boxcars, flats, hoppers boxcars
. Camden Furniture Co. . bedroom furniture boxcars boxcars
. International Paper Co. Southern Kraft Mill . Baypak plant
(the multiwall bags plant was on the Missouri Pacific RR)
pulpwood flats boxcars
. Ville Mobile Homes Manufacturing Co. . mobile homes boxcars, gondolas, flats flats
. Southern Compress and Warehouse Co. . storage of cotton bales boxcars boxcars
. Weatherbuster Co . natural gas central air-conditioning units boxcars, gondolas, flats boxcars
. Grapette Co. . soft drinks - the home of Grapette boxcars boxcars
. Camark Pottery . ceramics and pulverized glass hoppers boxcars
. Barrett Division of Allied Chemical Co. . roofing materials . .
. Gilehrist Bag Co. . garment bags boxcars boxcars
. T. F. Schelas Co. Inc. . railroad maintenance boxcars, flats boxcars, flats
Chaney, Arkansas C.P. Chaney Sawmill . . . .
Clarendon, Arkansas Stoddard Manufacturing Co. . fabricated products for the food and beverage industries gondola, boxcars boxcars
DeWitt, Arkansas Smith Rice Mill . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Black Rice Mill . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. C&L Rice Mill . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
England, Arkansas England Dryer & Elevator Co. . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
Fair Oaks, Arkansas Fair Oaks Grain Drying Cooperative Association . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
Fisher, Arkansas *Wixson Brothers . Propane and butane Gas tank cars None
Fordyce, Arkansas Kopper Co. . preservative and fire-retardent treated lumber flats, bulkhead flats boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats
. H.L. Russell Drykiln Co. . dried lumber flats, bulkhead flats flats, bulkhead flats
. Benton Casket Manufacturing Co. . caskets boxcars, gondolas boxcars
. Wood Lumber Co. . utility pole crossarms flats, bulkhead flats, boxcars boxcars
. Fordyce Furniture & Cabinet Co. . church furniture bulkhead flats, boxcars boxcars
. Fordyce Lumber Co. saw mill . lumber gondolas, log cars flats, bulkhead flats, boxcars
. Fordyce Wood Products Co. . wood products flats, bulkhead flats, boxcars boxcars
. Holmes & Parban Co. . pulpwood pulpwood cars pulpwood cars
Gibson, Arkansas *Crain . rice and possibly soybeans boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars,covered hoppers
Hardyboard, Arkansas Hardy and Company, Inc. . . . .
Indiana, Arkansas Dixie Dryer, Inc. . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
Jonesboro, Arkansas Arkansas Rice Growers Cooperative . rice, soybeans boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. River Brand Rice Co. . rice boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Glass Container Corp. . glass products:
bottles, jars, containers
hopper cars, boxcars boxcar
. Arkansas Glass Container Corp. . glass products boxcars, hoppers boxcars
. General Electric Co. . fractional motors for blower fans and air-conditioning equipment boxcars, gondola boxcars
. *Anheuser-Busch (constructed in the later years of SSW) . rice covered hoppers covered hoppers
Lynch, Arkansas Arkansas Power & Light Co. . . . .
North Little Rock, Arkansas Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. . glass . .
. Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. . tire warehouse for Lion Oil Company boxcars boxcars
Otwell, Arkansas *independent grain elevator (destroyed by tornado in early 1970s) . rice boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars,covered hoppers
. *Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) (constructed in the later years of SSW) . rice boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars,covered hoppers
Paperton, Arkansas Dierks Paper Company . . . .
Pine Bluff, Arkansas Pearson Archery Equipment . archery equipment, cotton pickers, and farm planters boxcars, gondolas flats, boxcars
. Fox Brothers Hardware Co. . received: hardware, building materials, and plumbing supplies boxcars boxcars
. Paper mills shared with Missouri Pacific Railroad: International Paper Co., Dierks Paper Mills, and Murphy Corp. . paper products:
news print, milk cartons, paper bags, and cardboard
pulpwood flats boxcars
. Hammond Bag Company . paper bags boxcars boxcars
. Central Transformers Corp. . electrical transformers boxcars, gondolas, flats boxcars, flats, heavy duty flats
. Federal Compress . storage of cotton boxcars boxcars
. St. Louis-Southwestern Railway . new or rebuilt freight cars flats, gondolas, boxcars new or rebuilt freight cars
. Pine Bluff Arsenal . ammunition for the US military boxcars, hoppers boxcars
Stephens, Arkansas Elk Roofing Co. . asphalt roofing tank cars, hoppers boxcars, bulkhead flats
. Berry Asphalt Refining Co. . heavy oil, asphalt tank cars, hopper cars tank cars, boxcars, bulkhead flats, flats
Stuttgart, Arkansas Stuttgart Storage Co. . storage of rice, soybeans, and milo boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Arkansas Rice Growers Cooperative Association (Riceland Foods Inc.) . rice and soybeans boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, tank cars, covered hoppers
. Producers Rice Mill . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. seven automobile dealers used the team track and loading dock . unloading new cars boxcars boxcars
. Delta Comet Rice Mill . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. farm equipment dealers used the team track and loading dock . farm equipment:
John Deere, Oliver, Minneapolis Moline, Allis Chalmers, Case, and International Harvester
flats with loads empty flats
. White Butane . butane, propane gas tank cars gas tank cars
. Fairbanks and Morris Co. . large water pumps gondolas, flats, boxcars flats with loads
. Layne Company . large water pumps,driller of water wells gondolas, flats, boxcars gondolas
. Massey Butane . butane, propane gas tank cars gas tank cars
. Massey-Ferguson Farm Equipment . farm equipment flats flats with loads
. Pioneer Seed Co. . fertilizer and seeds:
rice, soybeans, and oats
boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Lennox Co. . heating and a/c units boxcars, gondolas boxcars
. Arkansas Power & Light Co. . electric utility flats, heavy duty flats with transformers, gondolas with poles empty cars
. Standard Wholesale Grocery Co. . food supplies boxcars boxcars
. Berry Wholesale Grocery Co. . food supplies boxcars boxcars
. Newton Salvage Yard . scrap metals empty gondolas loaded gondolas
. Gravis Cement Co. . ready mix cement hoppers, covered hoppers hoppers, covered hoppers
. Bogard Seed Co. . seeds: rice, oats, and soybeans boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Gasoline distributors:
Gulf, DX, ESSO, and City Service
. gasoline, oil products tank cars, boxcars tank cars, boxcars
. Townsend Lumber Co. . hardwood lumber gondolas, log cars flats, boxcars, bulkhead flats
. Stuttgart Machine Works . custom machine work and fabrication of steel structures gondolas gondolas
. Porter Lumber Co. . lumber and building materials boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats
. Hartz Seed Co. . seeds:
rice, oats, and soybeans
boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
Waldenburg, Arkansas *Rivianna Foods . Rice boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars,covered hoppers
Weiner, Arkansas Roberts Rice Mills, Inc. . rice boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. Arkansas Rice Growers Cooperative Association . rice and soybeans boxcars, covered hoppers boxcars, covered hoppers
. *Hogue Oil . gasoline and diesel fuel tank cars none
. *Kohn Bray . propane and butane gas tank cars none
. *Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) (constructed in the later years of SSW) . rice boxcars,covered hoppers boxcars,covered hoppers


LOUISIANA

CITY

COMPANY

APPROX.
YEAR

PRODUCTS

INBOUND
CARS

OUTBOUND
CARS

Barso, Louisiana Barnsdall Oil Company . . . .
Cart, Louisiana B.J. Service, Inc. . . . .
. Louisiana Liquid Fertilizer Co. . . . .
. Red Barn Chemical Company, Inc . . . .
Shreveport, Louisiana Slack Air Force Depot . . . .


MISSOURI

CITY

COMPANY

APPROX.
YEAR

PRODUCT

INBOUND
CARS

OUTBOUND
CARS

Heagy, Missouri Butler-Foster Milling Company . . . .
Lorwood, Missouri G.E. Spitzer . . . .
Ristine, Missouri Buckeye Cotton Oil Company . . . .
Rives, Missouri Rives Gin Company . . . .
. Industrial Farm & Home Company . . . .
Stanley, Missouri Lion Oil Company (Monsanto) . . . .


TEXAS

CITY

COMPANY

APPROX.
YEAR

PRODUCT

INBOUND
CARS

OUTBOUND
CARS

Carrollton, Texas INCO Metal Products Corp. . utility tables, bed frames, utility cabinets, wall cabinets, metal storage cabinets boxcars, gondolas boxcars
Dowco, Texas Brookshire-Johnson-Ford Milling Co. . . . .
Fort Worth, Texas American Manufacturing Co. . pumping units, fittings, oil field equipment boxcars, flats, gondolas boxcars, flats, gondolas
. Norrell-Wilder Supply Co. . oilwell, refinery, industrial supplies boxcars, flats boxcars, flats
. Kochton Plywood & Veneut Co. . plywood and building materials boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats
Jewell, Texas Jewell Concrete Products Co . concrete . .
May, Texas Lone Star Producing Co. . . . .
. Lone Star Gas Company . . . .
Mt. Pleasant, Texas American Liberty Oil Retining Co. . roofing material, oil products tank cars, hopper cars tank cars, boxcars, flats, bulkhead flats
Mt. Vernon, Texas Well-Lomont Corp. . gloves boxcars boxcars
Opelika, Texas Lone Star Gas Company . . . .
. Lone Star Producing Company . . . .
Owentown, Texas Continental Can Company . . . .
. L.H. Lacy Company . . . .
. Lone Star Gas Company . . . .
. Lone Star Producing Company . . . .
. East Texas Tuberculosis Hospital . . . .
. National Homes Corporation . . . .
. Peterson Construction Company . . . .
. Union Asbestos & Rubber Company . . . .
Smithfield, Texas Richland Builders Supply Company . . . .
. Richland Lumber Company . . . .
Sulphur Springs, Texas Rockwell Valve, Inc. . valves boxcars boxcars
. Keon's Food Store . food storage boxcars boxcars
. Cannon Craft Co. . louvered shutters and doors boxcars boxcars
. Carnation Company . canned and bottled milk boxcars boxcars
Texarkana, Ark/Texas Brown-Miller Co. . pickles pickle cars (wooden tank cars) boxcars
. International Creosotin & Construction Co. . treated poles, ties, and timbers tank cars, flats, bulkhead flats, boxcars flats, bulkhead flats, gondolas, railroad tie cars
. Koppers Co. . treated poles, ties, and timbers tank cars, flats, bulkhead flats, boxcars flats, bulkhead flats, gondolas, railroad tie cars
Tyler, Texas Kenmar Manufacturing . living room furniture boxcars boxcars
. National Homes . prefabricated homes flats, boxcars, bulkhead flats piggyback flats
. Kelly-Springfield Tire Company . car and truck tires boxcars, black covered hoppers boxcars
. Carrier Air-Conditioning Co. . home and commercial heating and air conditioning units boxcars, gondolas boxcars
. Western Foundry . cast iron pipe and fittings hoppers, boxcars, gondolas boxcars, gondolas, bulkhead flats
. Norton Cement . ready mix cement hoppers, covered hoppers hoppers, covered hoppers
. LaGloria Refining Co. . petroleum products:
gasoline, diesel
tank cars tank cars
. Consolidated Nurseries . rose bushes refrigerator cars refrigerator cars
. Union Asbestos & Rubber Co. (UNARCO) . asbestos and asbestos products boxcars boxcars
Waco, Texas Lehigh White Cement Co. . cement hoppers, covered hoppers hoppers, covered hoppers


The following provided by Mr. Bill Fryman via email September 18, 2008:
City names shown are as they were listed on Cotton Belt route maps. Some of these locations really consisted of little more than railroad facilities or the companies listed. Train length passing sidings (one mile plus) were located in Otwell and Waldenburg. I've been told that there were water towers in Weiner and Fisher (and possibly in Gibson) during the steam era. There were at least two homes in Weiner that were in converted boxcars (not sure if these are still standing) and two homes in Gibson that were in converted heavyweight passenger cars (one of these was still standing recently but appears to have been abandoned). In all cases, wheels had been removed and the cars were placed on some type of foundation (either piers or solid concrete). Cotton Belt route maps also showed a "city" of Obear a few miles north of Weiner. From conversations with older residents, this appears to have been a location for loading wood products during the early days of the SSW. There is no longer any indication of what may have existed at this location. The area is now all farm land.

The following provided by Edwin Cooper via email August 30, 2010:
Trinity Industrial District Dallas, Texas from April 1951 Cotton Belt News
International Harvestor American Radiators Standard Sanitary Kawneer
Chase Brass and Copper Line Material Ray-O-Vac Kool-Vent Metal Awning Mueller Brass
Spencer Chemical Kieckhefer Container Southwest General Construction Texas Bitulithic

The following companies purchased sites at Trinity as of April 1951:
Ford Motor Company Pittsburgh Plate Glass Grinnell A. Y. McDonald
Walker Manufacturing Maytag Southwestern Falcon Manufacturing .

The Tyler Industrial Foundation developed manufacturing sites in the Tyler, Texas area. Some of these may be related to the redevelopment of Camp Fannin, which was in used during World War II.
Information is from Cotton Belt News, April 1951.
Bryant Heater Division or Company (both names used in article) A. F. Thompson Manufacturing Richardson Company Affiliated Gas & Equipment Company
National Mattress Company United American Metals . .

The Cotton Belt News continued its industrial development series in the May 1951 issue.
Dewitt, AR Smith Rice Mill Co. There were a total of eleven rice mills located along Cotton Belt rails per this article.
Lufkin, TX Southland Paper Mills, Inc.
Camden, AR International Paper
Ristine, MO Buckeye Cotton Oil Co. (soybean oil)
Blytheville, AR Swift & Co. (soybean oil)
Ft. Worth, TX American Cyanamid Co.
Ft. Worth, TX National Educators Life Insurance Co. Warehouse
Shreveport, LA Barnsdall Oil Co. (propane, butane, and pentanes-plus)
North Little Rock, AR Pittsburgh Plate Glass was building a warehouse for glass and paint distribution.
Waco, TX General Tire & Rubber (Synthetic Rubber)

Additional information:
Tyler, TX Kordite Company (plastics) Cotton Belt News 7-8/61
Tyler, TX Kelly-Springfield Co. (tires)
Carrollton, TX Glidden Company (paint) Cotton Belt News 7-8/61

Ed Cooper provided the following information:
Commerce, Texas cotton gins (four of them)(1910) cotton
Commerce, Texas cottonseed oil mill (one)(1910) cotton seed oil
Commerce, Texas flour mill (one) flour
Commerce, Texas Rufus Turner Lumber Yard set up in the old SSW roundhouse from 1957-1964 when the building burned
Redwater, Texas junction to the Red River Arsenal and the Lonestar Army Ordnance Depot military ordnance
HowardCreek, Texas gravel pits rock, sand and gravel
Wye, Texas access to industry west of Texarkana .
Bailey, Texas brickyard .
North Fort Worth, Texas Union Stock Yards .
Greenville, Texas Majors Field U S Army Airfield WWII?
Tyler, Texas Camp Fannin WWII?
Tyler, Texas Pounds Field U S Army Airfield WWII?
Tyler, Texas SSW Roundhouse and Shops .
McGregor, Texas Bluebonnet Ordnance Plant WWII?
Ft. Worth, Texas Ft. Worth Army Airfield WWII?
Ft. Worth, Texas Ft. Worth Quartermaster Depot WWII?
Dallas, Texas Hensley Field WWII?
Dallas, Texas Love Field WWII?
Addison, Texas What was the industry? the majority of this line (which line?) was abandoned in 1965, but 1.4 miles remained
Greenville, Texas Cotton Compress cotton
Greenville, Texas Robin Hood Flour flour
Commerce, Texas Farmer's & Merchants Compress & Warehouse Co. From Sanborn Map 1933-1940
Commerce, Texas Lyon-Gray Lumber .
Commerce, Texas Piggyback ramp personal observation 1972-73 (Cooper)
Commerce, Texas Gulf Refining Company .
Commerce, Texas Roundhouse and Shops .
Commerce, Texas Waters-Pierce Oil Co 1901 Sanborn
Wolfe City, Texas Brickyard That Lonesome Whistle: The History of the Cotton Belt in Commerce, pages 41-42
Wolfe City, Texas Foundry .
Wolfe City, Texas Lumber Mill .
Wolfe City, Texas Cotton gins (two) .


List of Cotton Belt Piggyback Ramps from 7/73 OGR
East St. Louis, IL Blytheville, AR Brinkley, AR Jonesboro, AR
Pine Bluff, AR Memphis, TN Little Rock, AR Camden, AR
Shreveport, LA Texarkana, TX Tyler, TX Lufkin, TX
Corsicana, TX Waco, TX Ft. Worth, TX Addison, TX
Dallas, TX Commerce, TX . .


The Handbook of Texas Online will give some general industries for each Texas town, but does not go in to specifics, nor will it tell you what railroad served a company.