Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-149
Corporate Name: W. J. Chaffen
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. J. Chaffen
Location: Grapeland, about ten miles north of Crockett
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1880
Town: Grapeland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Water
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: Pine sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: W. J. Chaffen's water-powered pine sawmill appeared in a 1880 Chicago lumber publication. The mill was apparently located in or around Grapeland.
Research Date: JKG 12-14-93, MCJ 02-21-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson