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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-9
Corporate Name: Harrington Lumber Company
Local Name: LaNana Bayou
Owner Name: Harrington Lumber Company with W.G. Harrington
Location: LaNana area: Press Road and FM 525 (Lola) (Garna)
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1903 to 1905
Town: LaNana
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 150 by 1895; 104 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough 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: 40000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet in 1904
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and added planing mill at Nacogdoches
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas (later Southern Pacific)
Historicial Development: The Beaumont Journal in 1904 reported that the LaNana mill of Harrington Lumber Company was near the site of the old Bermea Land and Lumber mill, which had quit about eight years earlier. The new mill was “considered the largest and the best mill in the county.” It would cut 40,000 feet in ten hours. Harrington was supposed to have plans for a planer, which he later added (in the old Davidson pasture in Nacogdoches near the abandoned R. H. Lee sawmill), and a tram road. He appeared in the January 1905 issue of the Lumbermen's Credit Association's Reference Book as a manufacturer of yellow pine lumber at Nacogdoches. He received a poor rating, however, being classified as a “slow pay(er).” A short time later, in February 1905, the American Lumberman reported that W.G. Harrington had “sold out his lumber business at Nacogdoches” and would “move to Dallas.” He sold his planing mill to W.. T. Wilson in the spring of 1905. Whatever eventually happened is uncertain, for a Harrington Lumber Company mill at Nacogdoches appeared in a 1906 list of sawmills, published by the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review. It may have been the Harrington mill at LaNana, eight miles south of LaNana.
Research Date: LAT 08-08-93, JKG 12-15-93, MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: L. Turner, J. Gerland, M. Johnson