Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-70
Corporate Name: J. M. Smith
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. M. Smith
Location: Coltharp, two miles south of Ratcliff
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1884
Town: Coltharp, two miles south of Ratcliff
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 121 in 1905
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: International & Great Northern (Missouri Pacific) at Crockett
Historicial Development: J. M. Smith's sawmill appeared in Rand McNally and Company's 1884 directory of lumber mills. The mill was situated in the town known as Coltharp, the same town where Jesse H. Ratcliff's lumber and shingle mills were located. The mill was located at least eighteen miles from the railroad at Crockett.
Research Date: JKG 11-17-93, MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson