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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-49
Corporate Name: Claude Spurlin
Local Name: Spurlin's Mill
Owner Name: Claude Spurlin
Location: Eight miles west of Alazan on the old “mail route road”
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 14 years
Start Year: 1932
End Year: 1945
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1932 to 1945
Town: Spurlin's Mill
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
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
Produced:
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: The Spurlin family operated sawmills at three sites in western Nacogdoches County. The first was located on Highway 21 about three miles west of Nacogdoches. The next two, which operated at various times from about 1932 to World War II, were located about eight miles west of Alazan on what Ms. Hunter described as the “mail route road.” When the mill burned it was moved to a nearby creek. Individuals involved in running the mill included Claude Spurlin, Art Spurlin, Cecil Christopher, Jake Christopher, and Loyd Johnson, the father of Ms. Hunter.
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson