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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-59
Corporate Name: G. C. Holston
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. C. Holston
Location: Louetta
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1921
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1921 to 1928
Town: Louetta
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 250 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished shortleaf yellow pine
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: 35000: 192125000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily in 1921, 25,000 feet daily in 1928
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill and planing mill, trimmers, edgers, commissary, dry kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Trinity & Brazos Valley
Historicial Development: The G. C. Holston Lumber Company of Longview was sawmilling at Louetta in 1921, according to the American Lumberman. The capacity of the mill was 35,000 feet daily. Logging was done with a “truck railroad” that could make six trips a day to the mill from the woods, carrying 3,500 to 4,000 feet of rough lumber per load. G. C. Holston was still operating a circular sawmill and planing mill at Longview in 1928, according to the Southern Lumberman.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson