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LOGTOWN, TX

LOGTOWN, TEXAS. Logtown was near Log Town Pond and what is now Farm Road 363, forty-seven miles northeast of Beaumont in central Newton County. Seeking to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by the newly built Jasper and Eastern Railway, the Boynton Lumber Company had by 1910 established a sawmill at the Logtown site. Tax rolls of 1910 indicate that the company had $5,000 worth of industrial machinery at Logtown. A post office was secured in 1909, with James S. Derrough and later Walter K. Boynton serving as postmasters. Logtown's population grew to a peak of 700. However, the Logtown enterprise soon lost its momentum, as timber was cut out and lumber companies competed for tight markets. In 1913 the post office was relinquished to nearby Bleakwood. Maps of the 1980s show no traces of the sawmill community, although the name of the pond reflects the locale's heritage.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Robert S. Maxwell and Robert D. Baker, Sawdust Empire: The Texas Lumber Industry, 1830–1940 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983). Newton County Historical Commission, Crosscuts: An Anthology of Memoirs of Newton County Folk (Austin: Eakin, 1984).

Robert Wooster

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Robert Wooster, "LOGTOWN, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvl69), accessed November 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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