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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-74
Corporate Name: James Brown Steam Saw and Grist Mill
Local Name:
Owner Name: James Brown Steam Saw and Grist Mill
Location: Coffeeville
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1884
Town: Coffeeville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 1870: Lumber and grain 1884: lumber, shingles
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 30-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1,750,000 feet during the reporting period of the Census of 1870
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Railway and express at Upshur in 1884
Historicial Development: This sawmill was d a capital investment of $1,000. Raw materials included $6,000 worth of logs and $3,000 worth in unmilled grain. Ten men were employed in the sawmill for twelve months at a total wage of $3,000, and two men were employed in the grist mill for twelve months at a total wage of $1,000. The operation manufactured 1,750,000 feet of lumber valued at $23,000, and milled $5,000 worth of grain. This operation was listed in an 1884 railroad directory. It was then a sawmill and shingle mill.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson