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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: OR-13
Corporate Name: Hart & Godman
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. B. (or G. W.) Burr. Hart & Godman
Location: Orange
County: Orange
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1881
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to about 1881
Town: Orange
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: Planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: G. B. Burr began a planing mill in 1879. Burke's, in 1879, noted that Burr's planing mill in Orange created the opportunity of saving fifty percent on freighting charges: “that the capacity of a car load of rough lumber is 5000 feet, but it is a fact not so well understood that the same car may carry of dressed lumber from 8,000 to 12,000 feet.”Hart & Godman took it over in 1880. Neither business had much demand because the major mills were installing their own planing mills.
Research Date: MCJ 03-23-96
Prepared By: M Johnson