Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-148
Corporate Name: Normal Birdwell
Local Name:
Owner Name: Norman Birdwell
Location: Eight miles south of San Augustine
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1960
End Year: 1970
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1960s through 1970s
Town: South of San Augustine
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and ties
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Earnest Nash recalled for V. L. Beasley that Norman Birdwell operated an electric-powered, circular sawmill south of San Augustine during the 1970s. Ricky Lout believed the mill began in the 1960s, cutting ties. N. T. Birdwell of the above address bought from Powell Lumber Company of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a 20-foot trimmer and 110 feet of green chain, all located at Warren, Tyler County, for $3,600.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson