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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-54
Corporate Name: James C. Moore
Local Name:
Owner Name: James C. Moore
Location: Beat number 2, 1860 Census
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Beat number 2, 1860 Census
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine railroad ties
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 25-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1,620,000 feet of “pine railroad ties” during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: James C. Moore ran a twenty-five horsepower steam sawmill in Bowie County during the census year ending June 1, 1860. During that year he used 1000 cords of wood to produce 1,620,000 feet of “pine railroad ties,” valued at $18,000. Eighty gallons of oil was also used, and it could be that this was used to treat the ties. Raw materials totaled $5,900, with 12,000 logs valued at $4,800, 1,000 cords of wood at $1,000, and 80 gallons of oil at $100. Moore employed fifteen men and one woman, and paid $625 per month in wages, men averaging $40 and the woman $25 monthly. Capital invested was $4000.
Research Date: JKG 9-22-93, MCJ 03-08-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson