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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-92
Corporate Name: J. V. Lankford
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. V. Lankford
Location: Platt, about three miles northwest of Manton on the Texas & New Orleans
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1917
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: About 1917 to 1920
Town: Platt, northwest of Manton
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: Steam
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: Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: The community of Platt flourished as a small sawmill town during the few years of World War I. It was located on the tracks of the Texas & New Orleans, several miles northwest of Manton and on the south bank of the Angelina River. Among the sawmillers were Luke Wright, J. V. Lankford, and F. L. Dunham, who operated mills there. J. V. Lankford moved his mill several miles to the west onto the Michelli Grant, adjacent to the tracks of the Houston East & West Texas, about 1920.
Research Date: MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson