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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-12
Corporate Name: Brunson L. Lee
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brunson L. Lee
Location: Gilmer
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1928
Town: Gilmer
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,758 in 1905; 5,000 in 1928; 1963 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Red and white oak, black and red gum, shortleaf yellow pine
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: 10000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: B. L. Lee had a sawmill and planing mill at Gilmer in 1928. Lee was one of the few mills to make it at Gilmer during the Depression. This may have evolved into the W. H. Lee sawmill, which was greatly damaged by fire in 1947.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson