Sunday, January 29, 2017

With Sawmills Came Prosperity

The early history of St. Tammany Parish deals in a large part with timber. That, combined with sawmills, means lumber, and growing communities throughout the South needed lumber to build homes, businesses and boats. 




Lumber Sawmill


The Poitevent Favre Lumber Co. sawmill in Mandeville. It was located just east of where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway north toll plaza is today.

In this 1976 article, Polly Morris explains what an efficient operating sawmill meant to a community in particular and what it meant for St. Tammany as a whole. Click on the image below to enlarge the text. There are two pages to the article. 


Page One


Page Two


The Greenlaw Lumber Company saw mill was in Ramsay, just north of Covington


Jay's Saw Mill was on the Tchefuncte River in Houltonville


The following photographs are from the Madison Lumber company operations





The Koepp Sawmill in 1919