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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-60
Corporate Name: Hope Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Hope Lumber Company
Location: Phillip's Switch, outside of Harleton
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1891
End Year: 1898
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1891 to 1898
Town: Phillip's Switch, outside of Harleton
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
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: Sawmill and planing equipment
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The Hope Lumber Company entries date from 1891 in the Harrison County records. In 1897, the sawmill and planing was located at Harleton. The equipment was mortgaged that year for $4,750. A mortgage of 1897 on their tram road was canceled in January, 1898. A mortgage three months later revealed that their tram road ran from Montvale Springs to Phillip's Switch. An unsigned article by Bob Bowman in the Crosscut reported that brothers James and Robert Harle ran a steam logging tram road into the woods. Their Hope Lumber Company had a depot, band sawmill, and a commissary. The company was out of business by 1900, because the timber had been cut out.
Research Date: JKG 12-01-93,MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson