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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-60
Corporate Name: J. W. Watson sawmill
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Watson sawmill
Location: Watsonville, near Bronson
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: After 1900
Town: Watsonville, near Bronson
Company Town: 2
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: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Webb's Handbook of Texas reported that Watsonville was named after J. W. Watson who had a sawmill there. The community was located near Bronson. This may have been a forerunner to Birdwell's Switch, north of Bronson.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson