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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-34
Corporate Name: Joseph M. Tryon
Local Name:
Owner Name: Joseph M. Tryon of Houston
Location: Tryon, one mile north of Olive, two miles south of Plank or Noble's Switch
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1881
End Year: 1882
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: From late 1881 until 1882
Town: Tryon
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans [East Texas] in 1882
Historicial Development: Joseph M. Tryon of Houston visited Hardin County in October 1881 to plan construction of a sawmill about five miles north of Kountze, on the new East Texas (Texas and New Orleans) railroad. He soon sold his interests here, perhaps as early as 1882, to the Noble and Sheldon Lumber Company, who had moved its operations to Plank. The area around Tryon's mill site, however, was later the home of another sawmill site and the town of Tryon, presumably named after J.M. Tryon, supposedly maintained a post office from 1888 to 1893.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson