The only eternal!

In 1898 Hal Aldridge sold his sawmill property at Rockland, Texas, and he built his new mill 11 miles to the east in extreme northwest Jasper County, on the banks of Neches River, where he controlled 300,000,000 feet of standing timber. Aldridge quickly grew to a town of 1,000 persons, and prospects for its future seemed very bright.
By 1906 Aldridge had a large commissary, depot, hotel, dispensary, 2 churches, 2 schools, and 200 tenant houses. By 1910 a Methodist and a Baptist preacher resided there.
However, fate was soon to alter the town’s tranquility. On August 25, 1911, the entire Aldridge sawmill plant burned down, a fire that most persons considered to be arson.
In order to rebuild, Aldridge mortgaged his new mill to John H. Kirby, and in order to obtain fire insurance, he had to build the huge concrete rooms, some 30 feet tall, to house his giant steam engines, boilers, flywheels, and dry kilns. Labor agitation continued, and in 1914 a small fire began, but was quickly extinguished, when mill hands discovered that half of a barrel of kerosene oil had been spilled over stacks of lumber. A year later, the entire mill burned again, and Hal Aldridge gave up and moved to El Paso. A great many residents gave up too and moved away, to seek employment elsewhere.
After the 1915 fire, the site was sold to J. Frank Keith of Beaumont, who operated a small 40,000-foot sawmill there for the next 18 months, before he sold out to Kirby Lumber Company. In 1918 the last sawmill on that site burned down, and Kirby converted the site to a logging camp.
In 1925 the railroad tracks were torn up, and the site was abandoned for all time.
Yesterday Linda and I found a geocache near the old sawmill.
Indeed it is a massive concrete skeleton slowly being devoured by the forest.
After reading the history of Aldridge, I find it a bit sad that so many invested so much just for it all to decay in the forest.
I think that many of us do the same thing; invest time, money, and effort into something that ultimately fails.
And many things in life will fail.
It is written God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 1 Cor 1:27-28
There is only one thing that is a sure thing and that is salvation and eternal life through Jesus.
You may be familiar with Rom 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is evident in the Aldridge Mill. It was sin (arson) that eventually led to the death of the mill. But nothing can destroy the gift of God, eternal life in Christ Jesus!

One thought on “The only eternal!

  1. I can see from my lifes history that deeds of love in Christ will last throughout time. Mom told me I was born dead. Her mother, a penticost preacher, would not give up on God having a purpose for my life. She hurt herself, burned her hands warming my cold body over a pot belly stove.Not dought praying all the while. LOVE. I now have step grandchildren. Father God spoke to my heart , He said, “love them”. The blessed love my grandmother had for her daughter, & me through Christ I pass on. Knowing that God, Jesus the Christ, is love, truth, and everlasting what a blessed thing to do…to love & share Christ in life.


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