Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-29
Corporate Name: Frank Darst
Local Name:
Owner Name: Frank Darst
Location: South Cleveland, near Keno, known as Dorst's mill
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1907
Town: Near Cleveland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 302 in 1906, 5000 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Coast & Santa Fe, and Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that this mill was manufacturing 20,000 feet daily in 1906. It was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907. Frank Darst may have been the original owner of what was listed as Dorst's Mill, south of Cleveland, in a 1904 Santa Fe circular.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson