The  second in a three-part series of presentations concerning the former sawmill community of Fullerton was held at Leesville's Museum of West Louisiana last Thursday night.
The Fullerton community existed from 1907 to 1927 with a population of about 5,000 and is located about five miles northwest of Pitkin, off La. Hwy. 458. The community ceased to exist once the Gulf Lumber Co. shut down the mill in 1927. Thursday's presentation was coordinated by the Vernon Parish Archeology Society. Doug Rhodes, Deputy District Ranger for Kisatchie National Forest,where Fullerton is located, opened the  meeting. Rhodes introduced LSU landscape architect J’Rel West, an intern with the U.S. Forest Service who led the presentation for the meeting.
West has scaled the area using a Global Positioning System (GPS) and has been able to determine the dimensions of old features of the mill.
"The people of Fullerton had a very systematic way of running the mill that was very modern for its time period." said West.
 Some of the highlights of Fullerton were the tram line and later on the monorail. With these forms of transportation the people of Fullerton were able to move around town and conduct business in an orderly fashion. 
A lot of the town's buildings were destroyed during the bombing for the preparations for World War II, but some of the things that remained intact were the planner mill, drying shed, round house, sawmill one and two, the swimming pool and the former residential homes which are now being use as a campsite. West was able to use scaling, probability, aerial photos and relative data to collect information and compose new photos of the Fullerton area which he brought along for his presentation. These photos will help with the future renovations of Fullerton.
 “We want to renovate while also preserving what is left of the site," said West.  Fullerton Project workers plan to keep the significance of the historical remains intact during the renovation process. Renovations include constructing trails through more of the Fullerton sites and expanding the usage for the campgrounds. Some renovations are restricted due to the surrounding lake and creek and some of the historical remains.
Fullerton, one of the largest mills west of the Mississippi, was a very progressive town. Electricity and a sewer system were a few of the things Fullerton had that made it stand out from surrounding neighbors.  The town's power source was steam from the power plant.
Even though the citizens of Fullerton are long gone, many customs from the way the community operated live on through today's society.
Any ideas or recommendations for the renovations  of Fullerton are welcomed by the US forest service said West. Though it is a tedious task, the workers of the Fullerton Project are determined to restore the site, and with the help of West's documentation, they are one step closer.
The third  of the three part series for the Fullerton project will be held on the third Thursday in August, at Leesville's Museum of West Louisiana. The program will be led by Kimberly Beery, who  is currently working on mapping the entire complex including hiking trails, and interpretive programs near where former building sites were located.