East Texas Mill Towns & Ghost
A Three Book Series
The signposts along the roads and highways of
East Texas read like a roster of sawmills that cut the great virgin pines that
once stretched from the Red River to the Gulf Coast: They carried names Haslam,
Manning, Bessmay, Aldridge, Steep Creek, Call, Deweyville, Honey Island, and
These and a hundred more boom towns prospered in East Texas during lumbering's
golden era between 1880s and 1920s. But when the timber played out, many of the
sawmills stilled their saws and moved on, leaving behind cutover forests,
clusters of clapboard buildings, and remnants of concrete and steel. Some of the
sawmills and towns, however, overcame adversity by replacing their forests and
diversifying their product lines. They continue to be viable in the pineywoods
today, supported by modern sawmills or other wood-using plants, as well as new
forms of economic activity.
For years, W. T. Block of Nederland has spent most of his waking hours visiting
old sawmill sites, talking with those who lived and worked there and combing
through thousands of documents to put together the most comprehensive anthology
of sawmill towns and ghost towns ever assembled in East Texas.
The "East Texas Mill Towns and Ghost Towns" series is comprised of three volumes
written by W. T. Block and published by the
WTBLOCK.ORG on Amazon.
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The table of contents and a
detailed index for each volume can be viewed on the following links:
Volume 1 - includes Angelina, Chambers,
Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk and Tyler counties.
Volume 2 - includes Hardin, Jasper, Liberty,
Montgomery, Sabine, Shelby and Trinity counties.
Volume 3 - includes Cherokee, Harris, Houston,
San Augustine, San Jacinto, and Walker counties.