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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-114
Corporate Name: Long Reach Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Long Reach Lumber Company. J. M. McLaughlin, president; I. D. Thompson, superintendent; and George A. Byers, secretary.
Location: Long Reach, about one-half mile from Harrisburg
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1908
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1908
Town: Long Reach
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: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 30000: 1908
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill with dry kilns planned
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that seven sawmills operated along Buffalo Bayou in 1908. The Long Reach Lumber Company, organized that year, with J. M. McLaughlin, president; I. D. Thompson, superintendent; and George A. Byers, secretary, had offices in the First National Bank Building of Houston. It was a new mill, still being finished, with dry kilns and sheds planned for construction in the future. The circular mill was built to cut 30,000 feet daily. Sawtimber transportation was by water and rail. Lumber transportation would be primarily by water, with the mill equipped with slides for loading ships. Southern Lumberman noted that the capital stock had been authorized at $50,000.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson