Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-1
Corporate Name: Ahrenbeck Brothers
Local Name:
Owner Name: Ahrenbeck Brothers
Location: Navasota, along the Navasota River. Hollindale, then Cross Roads, and then Nolanville.
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 and 1907
Town: Navasota, originally Hollindale
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 3857 in 1905. 3284 in 1915. 5128 in 1934. 4796 in 1950.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston & Texas Central in 1860. Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe in 1885. Southern Pacific (International & Great Northern) in 1900.
Historicial Development: Ahrenbeck Brothers were sawmilling lumber at Navasota in 1905 and 1907. Webb reported that Navasota originally was known as Hollindale, then Cross Roads, and then Nolanville. In 1856, the site was named Navasota.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson