I've had this one for years... but didn't know what I was seeing until the past year or so.
When I discovered this photo over a decade ago, I originally wondered if this was the Phipps Mill at Combs, Arkansas. However, the caption says "Fayetteville, Ark". Now, I knew that the Phipps Lumber Co. HEADQUARTERS was in Fayetteville, so thought maybe that was the reference. There's several elements in this photo that COULD be in Combs, Arkansas... but there were too many some "hmmmm" items. So, I filed it away until I could come up with more information.
That I did.
Turns out that Phipps had a large milling operation in Fayetteville located on the Ozark & Cherokee Central. However, NOT just a "sawmill", but also plow, buggy, and wagon parts factories.
This is a picture of that operation. (I also have a Sanborn map showing part of the complex! Tee hee!! )
I have intentionally left the image LARGE so any interested could save it to their hard drive, then expand it and examine it closely. You're gonna' LOVE the hodge-podge of road names on the flat cars!!!
Now... got a question: WHERE do you think did those logs came from?
Yup... I HIGHLY suspect those flats of logs came from the Phipps operations out on the St. Paul Branch, and possibly even the Black Mountain & Eastern!
Ain't researching history FUN?