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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-57
Corporate Name: Sabine Tram Company logging camp
Local Name:
Owner Name: Sabine Tram Company logging camp at Laurel
Location: Laurel
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1889
End Year: 1893
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1889 to 1893
Town: Laurel
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sawtimber and sawlogs
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: Logging equipment
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Laurel, in Newton County, was the location of a Sabine Tram Company logging camp from 1889 to 1893, according to Webb. Sabine Tram moved logging operations seven miles to the northwest in 1893. Articles in the early 1900s indicate that the company may have begun logging operations again in 1904. The camp was named after Laurel Gilmer, daughter of Alexander Gilmer and wife of one of the Sabine Tram Company's stockholders.
Research Date: MCJ 01-23-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson