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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-30
Corporate Name: David C. Hackney
Local Name:
Owner Name: David C. Hackney
Location: Phoenix, near Leggett
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1884
Town: Phoenix
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwood lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably 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: Pine and hardwood sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston, East and West Texas
Historicial Development: David C. Hackney was one of many early East Texas sawmillers who followed the construction of the railroads to tap the most easily accessible pine stumpage. In 1880, he operated a sawmill on the Houston East and West Texas Railway, south of the Trinity River, on the Houston East West Texas Railroad, around New Caney. By 1884, a railroad directory listed him as having a sawmill at Phoenix, Polk County. He was sawing both pine and hardwood, and doing his own logging.
Research Date: MCJ 02-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson