The Arizona Lumber & Timber Company
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THE ARIZONA LUMBER & TIMBER COMPANY is one of Northern Arizona's largest and most notable industries which emerged from an enterprise whose history is the history of Flagstaff, and dates back to the year 1882. In that year Edward Ayer, of Chicago, began to build a mill there. The Ayer Lumber Company was soon formed, but was later disposed of to D. M. Riordan, who carried on the business under the title of The Arizona Lumber Company. In July, 1887, this mill in the wilderness was destroyed by fire, but the capital and enterprise behind the new management were soon manifested, order was evolved out of chaos, and a new and improved mill erected on the old site. The title of the company was then changed to The Arizona Lumber & Timber Company. Under the new conditions a decided increase of business resulted and their success was continuous until 1898, when another fire occasioned extremely heavy losses during their busiest season. Once again, however, negotiations were entered into for the rebuilding of the plant, the plans for the new one aiming to make it the finest sawmill in the West and one of the most complete in the world, in the construction of which every known precaution against fire was taken. Since the completion of this modern plant, the business of the company has continued to increase and its trade now extends not only throughout Arizona but through the adjacent territory in the United States and Mexico. The Arizona Lumber & Timber Company also owns and controls the Central Arizona Railroad Company, through ownership of stock. In addition to the lumber business the members of the company are also interested in stock raising.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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