Jackson County relied predominantly on agriculture and before the war on tourism. However, there were three predominate industries during the war era important to the county. Mead Corporation produced tannic acid extract and paperboard from the local chestnut forests. Armour Leather Company tanned leather for belting and shoe soles. Lastly, Blackwood Lumber Company built a mill at East LaPorte and a railroad called Tuckaseigee and Southeastern Railway to ship both raw timber and sawn logs to and from the mill.