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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-73
Corporate Name: Harrisburg Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Harrisburg Lumber Company
Location: Houston
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1896
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1896 to 1908
Town: Houston
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 44,633 in 1907
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Yellow pine 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: 25000: 1908
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily 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: Many railroads
Historicial Development: The Harrisburg Lumber Company at Houston was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907. The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that seven sawmills operated along Buffalo Bayou in 1908. The Harrisburg Lumber Company has been operating for twelve years although the new owners had been been around for only one. Officers were S E. McAshe, president; J. B. Neuhaus, vice-president; S A. McAshane, secretary and general manager. The plant had a circular saw and two planing machines. The daily cut in board feet was 25,000. Two of the five dry kilns had been destroyed by fire. Logging was done on the San Jacinto River. Thirty men were employed by the company.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson