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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-41
Corporate Name: Dave Meigs
Local Name: Upper Mill
Owner Name: First mill built by W. W. Boren in 1844 and later became the site of the Dave Meigs mill (1897 to 1905)
Location: One half-mile from Brookeland on Mill Creek
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,
Period of Operation: Built in 1844 by Boren; 1897 to 1905 at least under Meigs
Town: One-half mile from Brookeland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, coffins, cornmeal, and cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Water
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 4000: 1905
Capacity Comments: 250,000 feet total in 1905, with a daily capacity of 4,000 feet on the sawmill and 8,000 feet on the planer
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill. Later, under Meigs, saw and planing mill, grist mill, cotton gin.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Dave Meigs operated a combination mill at the old Boren site from approximately 1897 to some time after 1905. The Meigs mill could cut 4,000 feet and gin ten bales daily in 1905. A Jasper County Historical Commission history records that David Meigs water-powered mill in 1900 manufactured lumber, cornmeal, and ginned cotton. Its original water-wheel of the ‘tub' type was replaced by a turbine. The mill produced about 250,000 butt feet for 1904 and seventy-six bales of cotton. Meigs manufactured coffins for the community.
Research Date: JKG 8-4-93, MCJ 01-07-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson