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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-169
Corporate Name: S. W. Blount & Co.
Local Name:
Owner Name: S. W. Blount & Co.
Location: Unknown
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1870
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
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: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 5000: 1860
Capacity Comments: 1,000,000 feet in the reporting period of the Census of 1860 and 384,000 feet in the Census of 1870.
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: S. W. Blount had a sawmill in San Augustine County from at least 1859 to the 1870s. The 1860 census records that Blount & Co. sawed 4000 logs at his mill with help of five employees, to whom he paid $135 total in monthly wages. His production value was $10,000 for 1,000,000 board feet. The 1870 census records that Blount had incorporated a grist mill into his milling operations. His lumber milling operation, capitalized at $2,600, produced 384,000 board feet with four employees paid $800 in total wages for eight months, for a production value of $3,840.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson