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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-161
Corporate Name: Hicks Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Hicks Lumber Company, Alton and Leo Hicks
Location: South of Alto
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1965
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1965 to 1996
Town: South of Alto
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Treated lumber (creosoting) and pallet mill, about one-half mile apart
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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Alton and Leo Hicks ran several mills south of Alto. This one, three miles south of town on Highway 69, was a steam-powered sawmill. It added a post-treating plant in 1976. Alton Hicks was managing this mill by 1983, while Leo Hicks was operating another mill a mile north up the road.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson