The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
American Lumberman Photograph Exhibit
The American Lumberman Photographic Collection contains more than 300 vintage prints made by American Lumberman photographers during visits to Diboll, Texas, in 1903 and 1907. Many of the images appeared in American Lumberman issues of 16 April 1904 and 18 January 1908. The collection of images and photographer's supporting notes document the early operations of Southern Pine Lumber Company and Texas Southeastern Railroad, providing insight into the early twentieth-century community life of a Texas sawmill company town and its connected logging camps.
Historical note: The town of Diboll was hewn from virgin pine forests in southern Angelina County, Texas, early in 1894. Young lumberman Thomas Lewis Latane Temple (1859-1935) of Texarkana organized Southern Pine Lumber Company in 1893 and purchased land and timber from Joseph Copes Diboll (1861-1925), naming for him the new industrial company town. Southern Pine Lumber Company quickly became a stable industry leader, becoming Temple Industries in 1963 and a public stock company in 1969. Time Inc. acquired Temple Industries in 1973 and merged it with Eastex Pulp and Paper Company, forming the subsidiary Temple-Eastex. After Time Inc. spun off its forest products division in late 1983, Temple-Inland, Inc. was formed. The Campbell Group acquired most of Temple-Inland's strategic forest lands in 2007 and International Paper Company acquired what remained of Temple-Inland in 2011-2012, selling the building products division to Georgia Pacific in 2012-2013. The city of Diboll incorporated in 1962 and today has a population of about 5,000.
Credit Line: American Lumberman Photograph Collection, courtesy of The History Center, Diboll, Texas.