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Research: Tram & Railroad Database

Code: 345
Corporate Name: Quincy Crooke
Folk Name:
Ownership: Quincy Crooke
Years of Operation:
Track Type:
Standard Gauge Wooden Rails
Track Length: Twenty
Locations Served: Thomas Switch (Thoms) [Montgomery County}
Counties of Operation:
Line Connections:
Track Information:
Tram Road Logging / Industrial Common Carrier Logging Camp
History: Quincy Crooke operated a sawmills during the 1920s at Thomas Switch (Thoms), in Montgomery County. A San Jacinto County chattel document of January 6, 1927, notes that this mill was located at Thomas Switch on the Houston East & West Texas railroad. The document further records the mill's equipment: a steam boiler and engine, an edger, and a trimmer. The sawmill firm, with an office at Conroe, according to the Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills, 5th edition, in 1928, was cutting 25,000 feet daily , primarily crossties, and conducting logging operations on a twenty-mile tram road. Thomas Switch was no more than a mile south of Splendora. The switch had been earlier referred to as Thoms Switch. A Rand McNally map of about 1925 records that both “Splendora” and “Thomas” share the depot of the Houston East and West Texas.