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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-78
Corporate Name: Blakey & Simpson Mill
Local Name:
Owner Name: Blakey & Simpson Mill
Location: LaNana Bayou, seven miles southeast of Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1884
Town: LaNana Bayou
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Flooring, ceiling, weather-boarding
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1884
Capacity Comments: 10,000 to 12,000 feet of lumber daily.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: The Blakey & Simpson sawmill may have been cutting timbers and ties for the tracks and bridging of the Houston East & West Texas as it approached Nacogdoches that year. On October 16 and October 23, 1884, The Nacogdoches News carried an ad for the Blakey & Simpson Mill. Located about seven miles southeast of Nacogdoches, the mill's lumber yard had 50,000 feet of half-seasoned lumber on hand. Flooring, weather-boarding, and ceiling were selling at seventy-five cents per hundred feet or $1.15 per that amount if delivered to Nacogdoches. All orders for lumber more than twenty feet in length would have a ten percent increase added to the price.
Research Date: LAT 08-08-93, JKG 12-15-93, MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: L. Turner, J. Gerland, M. Johnson