Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-187
Corporate Name: LaNana Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: LaNana Lumber Company
Location: Eight miles southeast of Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1910
Town: Area of LaNana Bayou
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 150 by 1895; 104 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Yellow pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
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 East & West Texas tram
Historicial Development: In 1906, the American Lumberman noted that it had ten miles of logging railroad, with its headquarters at Decoy. The LaNana Lumber Company is listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907. The Nacogdoches newspaper reported in February 1910 “Peter Piper, a well know negro and who had been with the Lanana Lumber Company for the past three years, was instantly killed this morning at 8:30 o'clock, at Lanana.” The man was attempting to jump from one railroad flat car to another when he fell between the two cars and the railroad car ran over his head killing him instantly. Engineer Hazel, train number two, tried to stop his train as quickly as possible, but was too late to save the man. The paper reports that he was “one of the best known negores, and the oldest employees, around the mill.” The following entries in the Nacogdoches County deed records need to be researched: Vol 59, pages 60, 62, 162; Vol 62, page 551; and Vol 64: page 115.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M Johnson