PRAIRIE GRASS FURNITURE COMPANY andATLAS TERMINALS
FROM 1903 C.R.4. - AMERICAN GRASS TWINE COMPANY SWITCH
FROM MAY 1904 EMPLOYE TIME TABLE ".....will stop to land passengers and Express at American Grass Twine Works."
".....will stop to receive passengers and 1314 will make regular stop at American Grass Twine Works."
Two advertisements by American Grass Twine Company of New York, NY
manufacturers of Crex Grass Rugs and Prairie Grass Furniture...
A 1905 BILL OF SALE FOR ITEMS SHIPPED VIA THE D. L. & W. TO CORTLANDT N. Y.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN GRASS TWINE COMPANY:
The logging industry had depleted its resources by the late 1880's and in the 1890's a new industry took its place. The vast low land prairies were covered by a luxurious growth of native wire grass. The American Grass Twine Company began harvesting this native grass for their factory in St. Paul which employed 700-800 people.
The rugs and carpeting manufactured were similar to the Japanese matting and as a result of their being produced domestically were less expensive than those which were imported.
The American grass Twine Company later became the Crex Carpeting Company of St. Paul. Camps number one, two, and three were located in Columbus township and 10,000 acres were included in the company's holdings. At one time, the camps employed 100 men and used 250 horses. The carpet company went into a decline after W.W.I and the land became tax delinquent. Many acres reverted to the state and later became part of what is now the Carlos Avery Game Preserve.