Nameless Towns: Texas Sawmill Communities, 1880-1942

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Overview

Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees. But during their heyday, these company towns made Texas the nation's third-largest lumber producer and created a colorful way of life that lingers in the memories of the remaining former residents and their children and grandchildren.

Drawing on oral history, company records, and other archival sources, Sitton and Conrad recreate the lifeways of the sawmill communities. They describe the companies that ran the mills and the different kinds of jobs involved in logging and milling. They depict the usually rough-hewn towns, with their central mill, unpainted houses, company store, and schools, churches, and community centers. And they characterize the lives of the people, from the hard, awesomely dangerous mill work to the dances, picnics, and other recreations that offered welcome diversions.

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A social history of the ephemeral communities in East Texas, often company towns, during a period of cut-and-run logging. Draws on oral histories, written memoirs, and company records to emphasize what life was like and particularly people's experience of the economic conditions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292777262
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2008
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 517,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter One. Introduction
Chapter Two. Panoramas
Chapter Three. Feudal Towns
Chapter Four. The Cornbread Whistle
Chapter Five. Dancing on the Millpond
Chapter Six. Cut and Get Out
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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