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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-63
Corporate Name: J. I. Campbell Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. M. Campbell and Sons, Temple, controlled output in 1904. J. I. Campbell Lumber Company
Location: San Jacinto Switch
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1896
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: About 1896 to about 1907
Town: San Jacinto Switch
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and 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: 60000: 189660000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 60,000 feet daily in 1904
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: San Jacinto Southern Railroad
Historicial Development: Newspapers report that Campbell Lumber Company building this mill on the railroad. In July 1896, the C. M. Lumber Company had shipped all of its machinery (except the planer) to the Switch. The tram to the river would be built then, its intent to let its machinery sit under sheds until worthwhile interest was shown in manufacturing. On May 17, 1902, C. M. Campbell Lumber Company contracted to sell a locomotive, about twenty log cars, and about eight miles of iron rails to San Jacinto Southern Railroad. C. M. Lumber Company of Temple (A. F. Sharpe, vice president) was sold to J. I. Lumber Company of Houston and Lampasas for $15,000, in August and September 1902. The sale of August and September 1902 included a sawmill, a planing mill with five machines, boilers, an engine, all at San Jacinto Switch, all lumber on yard, the commissary and merchandise. By 1905, J. I. Campbell was in receivership.
Research Date: JKG 8-23-93, MCJ 03-31-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson