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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-278
Corporate Name: New Birmingham Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: New Birmingham Lumber Company. H. C. Laurence, J. E. Bagley, & J. W. Summers.
Location: Lots 4, 5, 6Reservation J.
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1893
End Year: 1897
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1893 to 1897
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, sash, doors, blinds
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam engines and boilers
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 and planing mill, and a sash, door, and blind factory
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: The New Birmingham Lumber Company bought a sawmill complex from H. C. Laurence, J. E. Bagley, and J. W. Summers in 1893. Equipment included a 10-inch by 16-inch steam engine, a 9-inch by 14-inch steam engine, an Ames boiler, a Hall & Brown 24-inch planer, a Hall & Brown 24-inch resaw, a Hall & Brown self-feeder ripsaw, a self-feeder shingle machine, shafting, belting, paint, doors, sash and blinds, all lumber, and other hardware. In May, 1894, the company mortgaged for $1,088 with Tyler Car & Lumber Company the following: a S&H 44-inch by 12-foot boiler, a 56-inch circular saw, a #2 sawmill frame and 30-foot carriage, three head blocks, set works, dogs, shafting and a #1 shotgun feed. The boom came to bust when the legislature excluded foreign capital in such corporate activities in the State of Texas. New Birmingham became a ghost town by the end of the century.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson