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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-76
Corporate Name: W. J. Bridges
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. J. Bridges [William Bridges, W. M. Bridges]
Location: Elkhart, eight miles south of Palestine
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900s to 1910s
Town: Elkhart, south of Palestine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 210 in 1905, 2200 in 1928; 1018 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Crates and planed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 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: Crate factory and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: The Bridges plant was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1905 and the 1907 listing. This may be the William Bridges in 1907 who executed a mortgage with Dilley & Son of Palestine. It was recorded in the Cherokee County chattel mortgage registers. For $1,000, Bridges pledged a boiler, an engine, an edger, a sawmill, a mandrel, and 50-feet of belting. Another mortgage was registered in July, 1909, with a W. M. Bridges mortgaging to Dilley for $245, pledging an edger, a mandrel, and a grinder. William Bridges in 1907 mortgaged to Dilley for $450, pledging a sawmill, engine, and boiler.
Research Date: MCJ 04-10-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson