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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-17
Corporate Name: Bunt Brothers Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bunt Brothers Lumber Company with Felton Bunt
Location: Walker's Mill, south of FM 449 and north of Hallsville
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1937
End Year: 1949
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1937 to 1949
Town: Walker's Mill
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 617 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
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: 10000: 1940
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily in 1940
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Bunt Brothers had a sawmill community within the larger sawmill town of Walker's Mill. They relocated their mill to Walker''s Mill in 1937. The Mill was located south of Farm to Market 449 and east of Spring Branch, some miles north of Hallsville. The Bunt Brothers sawmill and planer mill were located along and at the end of a lane that ran southeast from the Athens Church Road, with Spring Branch immediately to their east. It operated until 1949, when it was moved to Lansing Switch near Hallsville. Fred and Tessia Bunt operated a commissary from their home at the opening of the sawmill lane. The Bunt Brothers provided less than a dozen tenant houses. The community of Walker's Mill had been built in 1925 when the Walkers and Bunts closed down their mill community at nearby Gum Creek settlement and opened a steam sawmill plant that ran until 1928 or 1929.
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson