The Dooly Southern received its charter on January 21, 1897 and
completed its 9-mile line between Richwood and Pinia in August
of 1898. It was operated by the Parrott Lumber Company but served
as a common carrier as well as a lumber road. One of its advertisements
noted that it was operated for freight business, but passengers
are carried on freight trains.
According to the March 15, 1901 issue of Railway Age, the Dooly Southern was planning to continue its line about 25 miles farther southeast to Irwinville. That extension had not been constructed by early 1903, when the entire line was abandoned.
The Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1896 listed Pinia as a place of
100 residents on the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery Railway about five and a half miles east of Cordele. Its businesses
consisted mainly of sawmills and naval stores operations.