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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-22
Corporate Name: Charlie Koehl
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charlie Koehl
Location: On Black Creek near the old Calhoun ferry
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1878
End Year: 1878
Decades: 1870-1879
Period of Operation: About 1878
Town: Black Creek
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: Unknown
Historicial Development: William Henry High was interviewed in 1941 about his sawmilling work. He recalled that he worked in the Charlie Koehl sawmill for $.25 a day hauling sawdust in a wheelbarrow from the mill. He stated that it was located near the old Calhoun ferry on Black Creek. A Walker County history notes that Charles John Koehl (1850-1931), after working in his father's cotton gin and cotton oil business at Riverside, married and moved to Black Creek. He ran a sawmill at the Creek for some years before moving to Huntsville and later New Waverly.
Research Date: MCJ 03-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson