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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SJ-56
Corporate Name: Mitchell and McGowen
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. D. Mitchell and J. F. McGowen
Location: Coldspring
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1892
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1880 to 1892
Town: Coldspring
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and oak lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None ?
Historicial Development: The firm of Mitchell and McGowen operated a sawmill in Cold Springs in 1880, according to The Lumberman's Directory of Saw Mills, Shingle Mills and Other Wood Working Factories in the Northwest, South, and Southwest. In 1892, W. D. Mitchell and J. F. McGowan mortgaged to R. W. Finley a steam engine and boiler.
Research Date: JKG 12-14-93, MCJ 02-23-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson