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Old DeRidder sawmill home to tell story of timber industry

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DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -

A piece of history now sits on Washington Avenue in downtown DeRidder, a testament to the town's enduring timber industry.

An old sawmill home, built around 1914, was recently donated by the Maurice Mayes family to the city and officials have big plans for it.

DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts said once restored, the home will serve as a sawmill museum.

Roberts said it is the last known surviving home built by Hudson River Lumber Company, a subsidiary of Long-bell Lumber Company.

"In 1914, they built 125 homes for employees. We understand that this is the last of the houses," Roberts said.

Roberts said the house was moved from a residential area off U.S. 171. He said the DeRidder Police Department will handle the restoration work.

Roberts said the city is hoping to use the museum to tell the story of "the pine tree." He said the city has numerous sawmill items and hundreds of photos depicting the area's rich timber heritage.

"In Calcasieu, you have oil and gas. In Beauregard, we have the pine tree. Our economy has depended on the pine tree since 1900," he said.

The restoration is expected to take about a month, Roberts said.

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