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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WD-14
Corporate Name: Charles Warner
Local Name: First Mill
Owner Name: Charles Warner
Location: Between Hawkins and Big Sandy on the tracks of the Texas & Pacific
County: Wood
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1874
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1874 to 1884
Town: Hawkins
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: 40-horsepower steam engine
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: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: Charles Warner moved his sawmill from Arkansas to its new location between Hawkins and Big Sandy, next to the tracks of the Texas & Pacific, in Wood County. Here he built twenty-two tenant homes for his millworkers and built a tram road north into pineries that he owned along Big Sandy Creek. He estimated he could cut three carloads of lumber daily. He was listed in the The Lumberman's Directory of Saw Mills, Shingle Mills and Other Wood Working Factories in the Northwest, South, and Southwest in 1880 as having a sawmill at Hawkins. In fact, he was several miles east of the town. As he cut out timber reserves close to his mill, he prepared to move to a new site some miles due north, just south of Big Sandy Creek. He made the move in 1884.
Research Date: MCJ 04-22-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson