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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-16
Corporate Name: Boynton Lumber Company
Local Name: Monterey or Boynton
Owner Name: Albert and Walter Boynton. Boynton Lumber Company.
Location: Boynton just west of Monterey: east end of 206, off 2901, several miles north of Zavalla
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: Moved to Newton County in 1908
Town: Monterey
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 50000
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Brothers Albert and Walter Boynton operated a logging tram that ran into the bottoms of the Angelina River, where they owned about 4,500 acres of good stumpage. The tram fed their mill, which was located east of Huntington and north of Zavalla. Logging equipment consisted of a locomotive, about miles of tram road, several log cars, and mules and oxen. No mention was made of steam skidders or loaders. Place names used were Monterey and Boynton. The initial mill may have been built at Monterey while a spur was being built at Boynton for shipping milled lumber over the Cotton Belt. When the timber cut out, the brothers dismantled their operation, moved it to the east of Bleakwood at Logtown, in Newton County. Several accounts give different cutting capacities for their sawmill, anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 feet daily. Webb reported in the Handbook of Texas that the Industrial Lumber Company had a sawmill for several years after 1900 at Monterey. Boynton Lumber may have been contracting its sawmill cut to Industrial Lumber Company, which was a common practice for the latter sawmill firm. Boynton Bros sold several consignments to Brazelton & Johnson Lumber Company in sums of eight to twelve thousand dollars each from 1904 to 1906.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson