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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-160
Corporate Name: Hicks Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Hicks Lumber Company, Alton and Leo Hicks.
Location: South of Alto
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1965
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1965 to 1996
Town: South of Alto
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Treated lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric and gas
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: None
Historicial Development: Alton and Leo Hicks ran several mills south of Alto. This one, three miles south of town on Highway 69, was a steam-powered sawmill. It added a post-treating plant in 1976. N. Hughes told V. L. Beasley that he remembered that the sawmill was still operating in 1994, although he remembered the owner's name as Allen Hicks. It was cutting lumber, ties, and posts on an electrically-powered circular saw. Leo Hicks opened a second mill site, about 1983, two miles farther south of Alto. It cuts posts and lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson