Trotti, also known as Old Trotti, Trottie, and (after the gold-bearing Alaskan valley) Klondike, was a logging camp ten miles southeast of Newton, in Newton County. E. D. Downs, Thomas J. Trotti, and Ed Ellingston established the camp in 1898. The logging effort at Trotti was part of a massive expansion of the East Texas lumber industry around the turn of the twentieth century. Trotti was connected by a tram line with the mills at Call, Texas, and was therefore one of the first logging camps in the region with a locomotive to assist its operations. The camp had a peak population of about 700. The Kirby Lumber Company acquired the site in 1901, and the following year "Trottie" was listed as a post village. The location was abandoned when logging operations moved elsewhere in 1906.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
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