Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-131
Corporate Name: J. J. Bower (Bauer)
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. J. Bower (Bauer)
Location: On the Santa Fe at Kelly's Switch
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1887
End Year: 1887
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1887
Town: Kelly's Switch
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A sawmill with two steam-powered saws
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: J. J. Bower (sometimes spelled “Bauer”) operated a small sawmill plant at Kelly's Switch on the tracks of the Santa Fe. He sold, in return for $4000 cash and six promissory notes each for $500, one complete mill, consisting of a steam engine and boiler, two saws powered at 45-horsepower and 35-horsepower, twelve yokes of oxen, six mules and two horses. Bauer may have sold to Montgomery and Co. or to Collins, Patterson, & Co., either one of which may have later sold to Lake Creek Lumber Company, which later sold to Edward Oualline.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson