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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-82
Corporate Name: Robertson-Kurth Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Robertson-Kurth Lumber Company. Charles Robertson and E. L. Kurth.
Location: Halfway between Liberty and the mouth of the Trinity River
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1931
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1928 to 1931
Town: Near Liberty
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: Probably steam
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: None. The company used water transportation on the Trinity and Galveston Bay.
Historicial Development: In 1928, the Robertson-Kurth Lumber Company (C. J. Robertson and J. H. Kurth) was building a mill halfway between Liberty and the mouth of the Trinity. The firm intended to ship its lumber by barge. The mill must have been closed during portions of 1930 and 1931, probably because of the economic strain of the Great Depression, for The Gulf Coast Lumberman noted in February, 1931, that the Robertson-Kurth mills at Devers and Liberty were starting up again. This mill did not last long, probably because of the economic strains caused by the Great Depression.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson