Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-76
Corporate Name: J. W. Bodenhamer
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Bodenhamer
Location: San Pedro, southeast of Grapeland
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1884
Town: San Pedro, southeast of Grapeland
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: 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 Grapeland
Historicial Development: J. W. Bodenhamer was listed in a railroad directory as having a sawmill at San Pedro in 1884. Bodenhamer was an early county resident and had joined the petitioners of 1851 for a special tax to build a county courthouse. The area of San Pedro, located near San Pedro Creek in northeastern Houston County, was a both the site for a village of the Nabedache and later the mission of San Francisco del los Tejas in 1690. In the 1780s, the settlement consisted of eighty families. It had a post office by 1856.
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson