Natchez, Urania & Ruston Railroad
A few native Louisianans became involved in the early lumbering industry.
At age 21, Henry Hardtner of Pineville entered the lumbering scene in 1892 with $1,000 capital.
Hardtner quickly parlayed his investment into a small sawmill 30 miles north of Alexandria.
In 1896, Hardtner established a mill at a site that he named Urania.
To provide access to new tracts of timber, a railroad was built.
Although it was only 8 miles long, Hardtner listed the "Natchez, Urania and Ruston Railroad" on his letterhead.
As president, he enjoyed pass privileges on other lines.
The Piney Wood Journal
The Natchez, Urania & Ruston Railroad was an 8 mile long lumber shortline in central Louisiana.
Natchez, Urania & Ruston #3
unknown 2-8-0 / Urania, La / Oct 1959 / collection