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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-89
Corporate Name: Western Naval Stores Co.
Local Name:
Owner Name: Western Naval Stores Co.
Location: Wenasco, five miles north of Jasper
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1915
End Year: 1919
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1915 to 1919
Town: Wenasco
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 500
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Turpentine
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Animals and steam machinery
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: Turpentine camp
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Webb in the Handbook of Texas recorded that the Western Naval Stores Co. operated a turpentine camp and distillery at Wenasco in Jasper County from about 1915 to 1919. The company had several satellite camps, Wenasco being one of the larger ones with a work force of 300 employees and a population of 500. It was dismantled in 1919.
Research Date: MCJ 01-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson