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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-39
Corporate Name: Gate City Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Gate City Lumber Company
Location: Texarkana, Texas.
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1886
End Year: 1901
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1886 to 1901
Town: Texarkana
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: 60000: 1901
Capacity Comments: 60,000 feet daily in 1901
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern. Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: Gate City Lumber Company seems to have begun about 1886 with purchase of land at Texarkana from B. T. Estes. He continued to sell land to the company until at least 1890. William Morris, George H. Finks, and Ben Collins were the owners and operators of the company. In 1901, the sawmill was reported to be cutting 60,000 feet of lumber daily. The company was operating, according to Strapac, in 1889 a narrow gauge steam logging tram road.
Research Date: JKG 8-23-93, MCJ 03-08-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland , M. Johnson