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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-11
Corporate Name: Billup and Hanks
Local Name:
Owner Name: Colonel J. S. Hanks and John Billup
Location: Plentitude, north of Palestine
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1847
End Year: 1847
Decades: 1840-1849
Period of Operation: 1847
Town: Plentitude
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Machinery for gins, grist mills, and sawmills
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: Iron smelter and foundry
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: In 1847, according to the Cherokee County History, John Billup and Colonel J. S. Hanks built a steam-powered smelter and foundry at Plentitude, north of Palestine, in Anderson County. The industrial plant was the first in the region to use steam power.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M Johnson