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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-80
Corporate Name: W. D. Rogers
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. D. Rogers
Location: Sour Lake area
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1962
End Year: 1966
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1962 to 1966
Town: Sour Lake
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and softwoods into rough 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: Unknown
Historicial Development: W. D. Rogers portable sawmilling operation grew to be one of the largest remaining portable mill operations in southeast Texas. Rogers first operated a sawmill in Sour Lake, Texas, in 1962. The pine beetles destroyed most of his wood. He does not cut cypress because he feels that it is of low quality. He trucks in the logs.
Research Date: MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson