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American Lumberman Photographs, 1903

These photographs were made by American Lumberman photographers primarily while visiting Southern Pine Lumber Company's industrial operations in Angelina County, Texas, in 1903. Milling operations were at the company town of Diboll. A few images are of company office operations at Texarkana.


Office Worker at the Accounts Desk, Texarkana Office

Office Worker at the Accounts Desk, Texarkana Office

A Southern Pine Lumber Company office worker shown seated at the accounts desk, Texarkana, Arkansas, 1903.

Two Story Building Near Railroad Tracks

Two Story Building Near Railroad Tracks

An unidentified two story building along the railroad tracks, possibly in Texarkana, Arkansas, 1903.

Commissary Interior, 1903

Commissary Interior, 1903

Interior scene of the Southern Pine Lumber Company commissary, or company store, in 1903. Stocking almost everything carried by a modern "superstore" as well as such items as fiddle strings, horse collars, coffins and caskets, it was a complete shopping center and mall under one roof. It also contained doctors' offices, a drug store, and the post office.

Southern Pine Lumber Company Office Building

Southern Pine Lumber Company Office Building

An image of a Southern Pine Lumber Company office building, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Loading Dock with Missouir-Kansas-Texas Railroad Cars

Loading Dock with Missouir-Kansas-Texas Railroad Cars

A photograph of the Southern Pine Lumber Company planing mill and loading dock and freight cars from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, 1903.  Taken in Diboll, Texas.

South End of Loading Tracks

South End of Loading Tracks

An image of the south end of the loading tracks and dressed lumber sheds, showing lumbermen pushing cards of lumber.  Also shown are cars from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.

Loading Lumber Into Boxcars

Loading Lumber Into Boxcars

Two African American lumbermen loading lumber into box cars, 1903.

North End of Loading Dock

North End of Loading Dock

An image of a man pushing a loaded lumber cart along the north end of the loading dock next to Saint Louis Southwestern Railway Company cars, 1903.

Planing Mill Machines and Mill Workers

Planing Mill Machines and Mill Workers

A photograph of Southern Pine Lumber Company's planing mill, mill machinery, and mill workers, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Planing Mill Machinery

Planing Mill Machinery

An interior view of the planing mill and its machinery, Southern Pine Lumber Company, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Interior View of Planing Mill

Interior View of Planing Mill

An interior view of the Southern Pine Lumber Company planing mill, 1903.  Shows lumber, machinery, and an employee.

Worker with Machinery Inside of the Mill

Worker with Machinery Inside of the Mill

A Southern Pine Lumber Company mill worker with machinery inside of a mill, Diboll, Texas 1903.

Self-Stoking Sawmill Boilers

Self-Stoking Sawmill Boilers

An image of self-stoking sawmill boilers with an employee, Southern Pine Lumber Company, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Sawmill Interior and Workers

Sawmill Interior and Workers

An interior image of the Southern Pine Lumber Company sawmill with workers, 1903.

Lath Mill with Workers

Lath Mill with Workers

An image showing the interior of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lath mill with workers nearby machinery, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Southern Pine Boarding House

Southern Pine Boarding House

An image of the Southern Pine Lumber Company boarding house in Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Aerial View of Mill 1 and Mill Pond

Aerial View of Mill 1 and Mill Pond

An aerial view of sawmill No. 1 and the mill pond from the water tower, Southern Pine Lumber Company, Diboll, Texas, 1903.  It was built in 1903 as a double carriage band saw mill of 125,000 board feet capacity and was completed in 104 days.  It replaced the earliest company mill of 50,000 board feet capacity, which was built in 1894. 

Aerial Photograph of the Planing Mill

Aerial Photograph of the Planing Mill

An aerial photograph of the Southern Pine Lumber Company planing mill, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Aerial View of Buildings Possibly Dry Kilns

Aerial View of Buildings Possibly Dry Kilns

An aerial view of Southern Pine Lumber Company buildings, possibly the dry kilns, Diboll, Texas, 1903.

Lumber Yard with Housing in Background

Lumber Yard with Housing in Background

An aerial photograph of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard with company housing in the background, 1903.  Diboll, Texas.

Lumber Yard View from the South

Lumber Yard View from the South

An aerial view from the south showing the lumber yard of the Southern Pine Lumber Company, Diboll, Texas, 1903.  The image shows hand stacked lumber air-drying, with employees loading and unloading lumber carts.

Band Saw Inside a Sawmill

Band Saw Inside a Sawmill

An image of a band saw inside one of the Southern Pine Lumber Company sawmills, 1903.

Kiln Car Loading Dock

Kiln Car Loading Dock

An aerial view of stacked lumber at the kiln car loading dock, 1903.  Also shown are lumbermen loading and unloading lumber.

Aerial View of the Lumber Yard

Aerial View of the Lumber Yard

An aerial photograph of the lumber yard showing stacked lumber air drying, 1903.

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