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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-79
Corporate Name: W. L. Roberts
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. L. Roberts
Location: Swan, in east central Smith County
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 31 years
Start Year: 1885
End Year: 1915
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1885 to 1915
Town: Swan
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: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: The Handbook of Texas reports that W. L. Roberts established a sawmill at Swan in the 1880s. It milled lumber until 1915.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M Johnson