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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-48
Corporate Name: Kirby Logging Camp at Woodmeyer
Local Name:
Owner Name: Kirby Logging Camp at Woodmeyer
Location: Woodmeyer or Woodmyer at Armstrong Lake adjacent to Sabine River
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1911
End Year: 1918
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1911 to 1918
Town: Woodmyer
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 750 in 1915
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sawlogs and sawtimber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 5,000,000 feet monthly
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Oxen, skids, tram road, locomotive
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Bon Wier: Jasper & Eastern
Historicial Development: Kirby Lumber Company established a logging camp at Woodmyer on Armstrong Lake near the Sabine River in the eastern portion of Newton County. The community was named for J. F. Woods and C. P. Myer, the company woods foreman and company general manager, respectively. The community had a school, a commissary, a post office, and an artesian water supply. Some of the families lived in specially fitted boxcars. Cows and chickens were kept by some of the tenants. Ice blocks were available. Population had reached 750 shortly before the camp closed in 1918.
Research Date: MCJ 01-23-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson