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Steam Engine
The steam engine was the heart of the sawmill. This 20-ton steam engine was made by Houston, Stanwood & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, Ohio in 1900. It was originally used in the Nona-Fletcher Lumber Co. in Kountze, TX.
High Wheel Cart
This slip-tongue high wheel cart is a relic of early logging days. This cart was one of the last ox-drawn or mule-drawn carts used for skidding logs to the railroad spurs in the forest. This cart was built in 1950 for W.T. Carter & Bro. Lumber Co. and was replaced in 1951 by tractor-powered equipment.
Fire Tower
Fire lookout towers were used to detect forest fires in Texas from the early 1930’s until the 1970’s. This tower was built in 1936 for the Texas Forest Service and was moved to the museum in 1974 from Conroe, TX.
What year were the first sawmills recorded?
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Welcome to Texas Forestry Museum

The Texas Forestry Museum is home to the story of the forests of Texas. The complexity of the natural resource, the legacy of the industry, and the current and future role of forest management practices can be explored through three galleries, outdoor exhibits, and an Urban Wildscape Trail.

 

Sawmill Doctor Exhibit - Coming May 15, 2014 

The Texas Forestry Museum announces an upcoming exhibit on sawmill doctors. It will depict the life of a sawmill doctor and his role in a sawmill town. This exhibit is made possible from donations from the Angelina Rotary Club, Rotary International, and James Bryan.  Cindy Bryan Weems, the daughter of Dr. Arthur Bryan, and her husband, Pat, donated Dr. Bryan's medical collection for this exhibit.

 

Sawmill Doctor Naming Contest

The museum is also hosting a naming contest for our newest mannequin.  Mr. Mannequin will join the Sawmill Doctor Exhibit officially on May 15 but until then he needs a name.  Please stop by the museum or visit his facebook page to submit your ideas.  The person who comes up with the best name will win a prize!  The deadline for submissions is May 14, 2014.



Exhibits & Collections

Come visit the exciting new exhibts and collections at the museum.

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Company Store Gift Shop

Come experience our “Company Store” and pick up everything from books to toys to remember your visit to the Texas Forestry Museum

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Looking to Research?

With the most comprehensive Sawmill and Tram/Railroad databases in Texas, you will have hours of research opportunities.

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