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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: OR-22
Corporate Name: Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company
Location: Orange
County: Orange
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1956
End Year: 1970
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1956 to about 1970
Town: Orange
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 21,174 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and pulpwood chips
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Natural gas and electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 60000: 1958
Capacity Comments: 60,000 board feet daily in 1956
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 6-ft band mill, vertical resaw, and horizontal resaw, dry kilns, cooling sheds, planing mill equipment.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Kansas City Southern
Historicial Development: In 1948, The Gulf Coast Lumberman reported that officials were contemplating constructing a new Lutcher & Moore sawmill operation that would rival those of the glory days at the turn of the century. Lutcher & Moore “still owns a vast amount of second-growth timber-growing land in Texas and Louisiana both, and they plan to follow good forestry practices, selective logging, etc., and thus have indefinite supply of timber ahead.” The Texas Forest News noted in 1956 that the new sawmill had been built with a 60,000 foot daily cutting capacity. It was in production by August, 1957. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the company was employing more than 100 workers. This sawmill site, if not sold earlier, would have passed into Boise Cascade assets in 1970 when Lutcher & Moore sold Boise all of its holdings.
Research Date: MCJ 03-24-96
Prepared By: M Johnson