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Binder 3 - Southern Pine Lumber Company Lumber Operations

Photographs in this Binder primarily document Southern Pine Lumber Company Lumber Operations, including its sawmills, physical plants, employees, machinery, railroads, aviation, motor vehicles, construction, signage, and finished products from the 1940s-1960s.


Mill Number 1 Covered in Snow, 1949

Mill Number 1 Covered in Snow, 1949

Diboll's Mill No. 1 covered in snow, February 1949.

Water Tower and Smoke Stack, Diboll, 1950

Water Tower and Smoke Stack, Diboll, 1950

Diboll water tower and smoke stack, ca. 1950.

Mill No. 1 and Pond

Mill No. 1 and Pond

Diboll's Mill No. 1 with mill pond in foreground.

Sawmill and Mill Pond

Sawmill and Mill Pond

Sawmill scene with mill pond in front.

Log Pond, 1951

Log Pond, 1951

One of Southern Pine Lumber Company's log ponds, December 1951.

Snow Covered Log Cars in Front of Mill

Snow Covered Log Cars in Front of Mill

Snow covered log cars in front of Diboll's mill pond.

Mill No. 1 Seperator Tear-Down

Mill No. 1 Seperator Tear-Down

From the December 1950 Buzz Saw, "Old seperator and green chain area on the south side of Mill No. 1 at Diboll which is being torn down along with the old kilns and the green transfer tracks."

Diboll Lumber Sheds

Diboll Lumber Sheds

Lumber sheds and wagons in Diboll.

SPLCo Star Logo

SPLCo Star Logo

The official logo of the Southern Pine Lumber Company, the star represents Texas, the Lone Star State, and the pine tree represents the company's core business as a forest products company and it's early commitment to reforestation.  The text refer's to the company's headquarters in Diboll in 1894 and it's place in the Temple family of companies as a Temple Industry. 

View of Sawmill and Pond

View of Sawmill and Pond

A view of the sawmill and pond, looking north along the railroad tracks in Diboll.

Overhead Lumber Conveyor, 1952

Overhead Lumber Conveyor, 1952

The overhead lumber conveyor in Diboll, February 1952.

Mill Pond

Mill Pond

One of Diboll's mill ponds.

Road Around Diboll Pond

Road Around Diboll Pond

A freshly graded road around one of Diboll's mill ponds.

Truck Shop and Machine Shop in Diboll

Truck Shop and Machine Shop in Diboll

Southern Pine Lumber Company's truck shop and machine shop in Diboll.

Log Moving up the Chain

Log Moving up the Chain

A log moving up the chain into the sawmill in Diboll.

Log in Sawmill

Log in Sawmill

A log in the sawmill.

Log Debarker

Log Debarker

A log moves through the debarker in Diboll's mill.

Unloading Log Truck

Unloading Log Truck

Logs recently unloaded from a log truck in Diboll.

Forklift

Forklift

An early forklift used to lift stacks of lumber.

Pole Quarterer in front of Welding Shop

Pole Quarterer in front of Welding Shop

From the Buzz Saw, Sept. 1951 "The pole quarterer that was built by Squinch Weisinger and Arthur Porter will soon be put to good use by the Treating Division."  It is parked in front of the welding shop.

Carey Anthony Driving Lumber Jitney

Carey Anthony Driving Lumber Jitney

Carey Anthony drives a jitney in the lumber yard in Diboll.

Jeep-O-Trench

Jeep-O-Trench

From the Buzz Saw, January 1949, "Southern Pine Lumber Company's Jeep-O-Trench recently purchased from the Lufkin Tire & Tractor company. This machine can dig 130 feet of ditch per hour to a depth of 48 inches and will be used throughout Diboll for water, gas and sewage line construction."

Claude Welch, Sr.

Claude Welch, Sr.

Diboll's Claude Welch, Sr.

Timber Dock and Bridge Crain

Timber Dock and Bridge Crain

The Diboll mill's timber dock and bridge crain, November 1951.

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