The W. P. Zartman Lumber Company had extensive timber holdings in central Pennsylvania. Part of those holdings were on the Tuscarora Mountain in Walker Township of Juniata County. In 1917 the company conveyed title to 5500 acres of its holdings for construction of the Van Dyke Brick Plant.
It was common for Zartman to construct a narrow gauge rail line to bring the fallen trees to their sawmill. This practice caused the company trouble in Dauphin County when they were sited for having their tracks encroach on some farm land without the farmer's permission.