Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-8
Corporate Name: Durham
Local Name:
Owner Name: Thomas E. Durham
Location: Five miles south of Hallsville at FM 968 and FM 2625
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1885
End Year: 1895
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: About 1885 to 1895
Town: South of Hallsville
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: 25000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 25,000 bd-ft daily in 1893
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 and the company tram road known as the Great Sweetgum, Yubadam, & Hoo Hoo Route
Historicial Development: The Thomas E. Durham sawmill south of Hallsville was on the tracks of the Texas & Pacific. A tram line was laid to the mill about 1889. Two mules were used to tow a car over a wooden railroad; the tracks were made mostly of sweetgum. Later, steel rails were laid, and a small 10-ton Shay was acquired. The Shay would push one car and tow another in order to facilitate climbing hills. The new tram line's name was the “Great Sweetgum, Yubadam, & Hoo Hoo Route.”
Research Date: MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: M. Johnson