Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-41
Corporate Name: Dave Meigs
Local Name: Upper Mill
Owner Name: First mill built by W. W. Boren in 1844 and later became the site of the Dave Meigs mill (1897 to 1905)
Location: One half-mile from Brookeland on Mill Creek
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,
Period of Operation: Built in 1844 by Boren; 1897 to 1905 at least under Meigs
Town: One-half mile from Brookeland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, coffins, cornmeal, and cotton
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: 4000: 1905
Capacity Comments: 250,000 feet total in 1905, with a daily capacity of 4,000 feet on the sawmill and 8,000 feet on the planer
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill. Later, under Meigs, saw and planing mill, grist mill, cotton gin.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Dave Meigs operated a combination mill at the old Boren site from approximately 1897 to some time after 1905. The Meigs mill could cut 4,000 feet and gin ten bales daily in 1905. A Jasper County Historical Commission history records that David Meigs water-powered mill in 1900 manufactured lumber, cornmeal, and ginned cotton. Its original water-wheel of the ‘tub' type was replaced by a turbine. The mill produced about 250,000 butt feet for 1904 and seventy-six bales of cotton. Meigs manufactured coffins for the community.
Research Date: JKG 8-4-93, MCJ 01-07-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson