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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-22
Corporate Name: Bill Downs
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bill Downs
Location: Near Wiergate
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1837
End Year: 1838
Decades: 1830-1839
Period of Operation: 1837 to 1838
Town: Near Wiergate
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cornmeal, cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably water
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, grist mill, and cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Edell Woods informed Vernon L. Beasley, an interviewer from the Texas Forestry Museum at Lufkin, that a Bill Downs operated a cotton gin, sawmill, and grist mill near Wiergate in 1837 and 1838. No other primary or secondary sources have supported this claim.
Research Date: MCJ 01-23-96
Prepared By: M Johnson