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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-38
Corporate Name: Cravens Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: The Cravens Lumber Company of Dallas
Location: Beckville, about nine miles northwest of Carthage on the Texas and Gulf RR
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1906
Town: Beckville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 606 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
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: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Gulf Railway
Historicial Development: This company had a sawmill at or near Beckville in Panola County after 1900. It also had its major mill at Timpson (1904-1907) and another at Nacogdoches (1907). It was not listed as having a mill in Beckville in the 1907 edition. According to the Lumbermen's Credit Association, Craven Lumber Company of Dallas operated a planing mill at Beckville in January 1905. Panola County records document that it had a note on the Parrish sawmill, which was sold to J. B. Burns in July 1906.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson