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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-201
Corporate Name: “Mr. Madden”
Local Name:
Owner Name: “Mr. Madden”
Location: Probably Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1819
End Year: 1819
Decades: 1810-1819
Period of Operation: 1819, perhaps built earlier.
Town: Probably Nacogdoches
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
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 and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The “first” of anything may be difficult to ascertain. According to Hamilton P. Easton's research, the first sawmill in Texas for which specific mention can be found was probably located in or near Nacogdoches, although he stresses the possibility of there being other mills for which no records have survived. Easton's wrote: “The Nacogdoches mill is mentioned by Ernest W. Winkler in his article, “The First Newspaper in Texas”an item in “Notes and Fragments,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly.. Winkler quotes the St. Louis Inquirer of September 25, 1819 (an issue no longer extant), which gave notice of the first number of the Texas Republican, published at Nacogdoches under date of August 14, 1819. The Inquirer notes an advertisement in the Texas Republican “that a Mr. Madden has engaged in building a saw and grist mill, and that this is a strange activity for a Spanish town.””
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson