Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-23
Corporate Name: DeKalb Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: DeKalb Lumber Company
Location: DeKalb
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1889
End Year: 1901
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1889 to 1901
Town: DeKalb
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 554 in 1905
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: 60000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 60,000 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: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: Bowie County deed records note that De Kalb Lumber Company was buying land near De Kalb as early as 1889 and continued to so until at least 1901. It was reported to be cutting 60,000 feet daily in 1893 at DeKalb. The company was noted in the September 1898 edition of the “Report of Yellow Pine Clearing House Association.” The American Lumberman noted in April 1899 that the DeKalb Lumber Company at DeKalb with its mill, railroad and locomotive was purchased by T. L. L. Temple of Southern Pine Lumber Company.
Research Date: MCJ 03-07-96
Prepared By: M Johnson