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American Lumberman Photographs, 1907

These photographs were made by American Lumberman photographers primarily while visiting Southern Pine Lumber Company's pine and hardwood operations in Angelina, Trinity, and Houston Counties in 1907. The company's sawmills were located at the company town of Diboll, in Angelina County. A few images are of the company's office headquarters in Texarkana.


Yellow Pine Saw Mill

Yellow Pine Saw Mill

An aerial view of the Southern Pine Lumber Company yellow pine sawmill, burner and log pond, including the fuel house.  Photograph taken from the old water tower, November 1907.

Planing Mill and Mill Power House

Planing Mill and Mill Power House

An aerial view of the Southern Pine Lumber Company planing mill and planing mill power house from the old water tower, November of 1907.  The planing mill was the final processing plant for lumber where it was dressed and patterned into different stocks.

Aerial View of the Center of the Lumber Yard

Aerial View of the Center of the Lumber Yard

An aerial photograph of the central area of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard, November 1907.  Taken from the old water tower.

Southwest Portion of the Lumber Yard

Southwest Portion of the Lumber Yard

An aerial photograph of the southwest section of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard, taken atop the old water tower in November 1907.

Western Section of the Lumber Yard

Western Section of the Lumber Yard

An aerial photograph of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard, looking westward from atop the old water tower, November 1907.

Hardwood Sawmill

Hardwood Sawmill

The Southern Pine Lumber Company hardwood sawmill from a point a little west of the new dry kilns, November 1907.

Lath on Dry Kiln Trams

Lath on Dry Kiln Trams

A photograph of lath on dry kiln trams, showing how it comes from under the sorting platform, November 1907.

SPLCo Commissary Exterior

SPLCo Commissary Exterior

The Southern Pine Lumber Co. store, the express office, post office and drug store at Diboll, Texas, November 1907.  The company store was the geographic and social center of the community.  According to the January 18, 1908 American Lumberman, the general store was on the ground floor, a size of 36x66 feet.  An adjacent room of the same size was used for storage.  The second floor, 66x72 feet, was used for furniture and men's furnishing goods.  The drug store was 30x50 feet in size.  Manager W. P. Rutland and twelve others employed the store.

Central Section of the Lumber Yard

Central Section of the Lumber Yard

An aerial photograph of the central section of the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard, taken from a special 35 foot tower, November 1907.

Hardwood Lumber Yard Alley

Hardwood Lumber Yard Alley

A clean back alley in the Southern Pine Lumber Company hardwood lumber yard, November 1907.

Hardwood Lumber Alley Looking South

Hardwood Lumber Alley Looking South

A view down the Southern Pine Lumber Company hardwood lumber alley from the north and second alley from the west, November 1907.

Sunset Over the Lumberyard

Sunset Over the Lumberyard

A sunset effect over the Southern Pine Lumber Company lumber yard, November 1907.

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