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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-98
Corporate Name: Cravens Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Cravens Lumber Company of Dallas [possibly bought the W. T Wilson Lumber Company in 1905 or 1906]
Location: Near the railroad, close to the ice plant in Nacogdoches: Fredonia Street and the Texas & New Orleans
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1910
Town: Nacogdoches
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1827 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Finished 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas, Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: Cravens Lumber Company acquired a planing mill at Timpson in 1904. A Sanborn-Perris map of 1906 identifies the Craven Planing Mill at Nacogdoches, located southeast of Fredonia and the Texas & New Orleans intersection. In 1907 the company was listed in the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review as operating a planing mill at Nacogdoches and sawmill and planing mill at Timpson. In 1910, the Nacogdoches newspaper reported that a new business, a shuttle block factory might be located “beyond the Ice Plant, and this side of the Craven Planer, comprising several acres.” The site was chosen because of its availability to the railroad.
Research Date: JKG 11-2-93, MCJ 40-3-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson