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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-14
Corporate Name: Big Tree Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Big Tree Lumber Company.
Location: Houston
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1908
Town: Houston
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 46,639 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Manufacturers of 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: 
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet on the planer in 1908
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Big Tree Lumber Company was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1905 and in its 1907 listing. It also owned plants at Hampton and Alonzo. The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported in October, 1908, that “The sawmills of the Big Tree Lumber Company at this place [Smith-Houston] and at Alonzo, Texas are running full time, as are three others mills that this progressive concern represents as sale agents.” The Southern Lumberman noted that same month that the company was building a new planing mill with a 30,000-ft capacity.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson