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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GG-14
Corporate Name: G. T. Merrill
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. S. Robinson. G. T. Merrill.
Location: Planing mill located just west of Crutcher & Harrison on tracks of Texas & Pacific in Longview
County: Gregg
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1885
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1884 to 1885
Town: Longview
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 2,300 in 1882
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Finished lumber and shingles
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: Planing mill and shingle mill with two planers, resaw, picket header, swing saw, and whip saw.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The W. S. Robinson saw-, planing, and shingle mills were listed in a railroad directory in 1884 at Longview. Robinson had two mills, according to Harrison County records. This mill seemed to a planing mill only. On October 2, Robinson sold this mill to G. T. Merrill. Property included the planing mill equipment (Keystone surfacer and matcher, two resaws, a boiler, and an engine), located on the tracks of the Texas & Pacific. Merrill also bought Robinson's sawmill site eleven miles from Longview, in Gregg County (see entry). A map of 1885 shows the planing mill to be located just west of that of Crutcher & Harrison on the the tracks of the Texas & Pacific, about a mile east of Longview. Steam-powered equipment included two planers, resaw, picket header, swing saw, and whip saw.
Research Date: JKG 9-23-93, MCJ 04-19-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson