Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-92
Corporate Name: Nelson [Walter] Murray
Local Name:
Owner Name: Nelson [Walter] Murray
Location: Probably Crabbs Prairie
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1854
End Year: 1861
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: About 1854 to 1861
Town: Probably Crabbs Prairie
Company Town: 2
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: 15-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 900,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The Walter Murray sawmill operation, according to the 1860 Census Products of Industry Schedule was d to be a capital investment of $8,450, with $2,650 invested in 4,250 sawlogs. Seven men were employed at a total monthly wage of $183. The sawmill manufactured 900,000 feet of lumber valued at $11,250. Murray had moved his sawmill from its location west of Huntsville to the Crabbs Prairie about 1854.
Research Date: MCJ 03-31-94
Prepared By: M. Johnson