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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-73
Corporate Name: Brit Barron
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brit Barron. Jacob Goodman. Charles Smith.
Location: Knoxville, on the Rusk to Tyler Road
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 20 years
Start Year: 1856
End Year: 1875
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: About 1856 to 1875
Town: Knoxville, on the Rusk to Tyler Road
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Distilled liquids, lumber, cornmeal, and flour
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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, a grist mill, distillery, and a flour mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: In order to serve the growing population at and near Knoxville, Charles Smith built a plant that included a distillery, a sawmill, a grist mill, and a flour mill. Knoxville, located on the Tyler to Rusk road, existed prior to 1853 and disappeared after the International & Great Northern passed the town in the 1870s. Charles, brother of John and Rufus Smith, moved to Nacogdoches, dying “there in a mill accident about 1869.” Later operators were Jacob Goodman and Brit Barron.
Research Date: MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: M Johnson