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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-79
Corporate Name: W. C. Willis
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. C. Willis
Location: Ten acres in Hardin County
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905
Town: Unknown
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: Projected: unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: W. C. Willis, residing in Beaumont, requested from the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe to lease ten acres in Hardin County in order to build a sawmill. Internal company memoranda explored the possibility of selling or leasing the land to Willis. Sale or lease was apparently not approved, for no record has been found that documents the existence of such a mill. One of the arguments against the mill was that it provided outlet for timber thieves poaching on Santa Fe land.
Research Date: MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson