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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-66
Corporate Name: Rio Bravo Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Rio Bravo Lumber Company, a subsidiary of Southern Pacific.
Location: Sour Lake
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1903
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1903
Town: Sour Lake
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 99 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber for the oil boom at Sour Lake
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: Beaumont, Sour Lake & Western; Texas & New Orleans (Southern Pacific)
Historicial Development: W. T. Block claims that before the Doucette mill began operations at Sour Lake, at least four sawmills were cutting timbers and pilings for the oil field industry. The only one of the earliest sawmills that we have a name for is the Rio Bravo. This mill was probably short-lived for almost no other information about it is known at this time.
Research Date: MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson