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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-67
Corporate Name: Rio Bravo Oil Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Rio Bravo Oil Company, a subsidiary of Southern Pacific.
Location: Saratoga
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905
Town: Saratoga
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber for the oil boom at Saratoga
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: Possibly a circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Rio Bravo Oil Company had a sawmill servicing the oil industry boom at Saratoga. The Beaumont Journal of February 5, 1905, noted that the company's “big sawmill . . . located at Saratoga has been moved from the old location to a point nearer to the gusher district. The mill is used in cutting derrick and rig timbers and various other purposes . . .”.
Research Date: MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson