Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-48
Corporate Name: Ford Brothers
Local Name: Richardson's Bluff
Owner Name: Ford Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland
Location: Ford's Bluff
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1852
End Year: 1852
Decades: 1850-1859
Period of Operation: 1852
Town: Ford's Bluff (later Evadale)
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: Sash saw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The first sawmill at Ford's Bluff was established by the Ford brothers of Baltimore, Maryland, about 1852. The site was originally a ferry site called Richardson's Bluff, but it was renamed by the Ford brothers. The Ford Brothers mill did not appear in the Jasper County 1860 special census records.
Research Date: JKG 12-6-93, MCJ 01-07-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson