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Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Boettcher's Mill

 
 
Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
1. Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker
Inscription.  German immigrant Baldwin Boettcher established a sawmill at Westfield, north of Houston, in 1898, along the International & Great Northern rail line. Boettcher and his mill workers produced 15,000 board feet of yellow pine, gum and cypress lumber daily. Using vertical integration, Boettcher owned every part of his operation, including timberland, tram and rail equipment that moved logs to production, milling equipment, kiln, planer, and the lumberyards where he sold his products. The business included a grist mill and cotton gin, and employees and their families, primarily from the Martinez and Zamora families of Mexico, lived in a mill town. When Boettcher died in 1912, his widow, Elzora, and their son, Edward, took over the business. Four other sawmills operated nearby during what was a timber bonanza era in Texas.

In 1929, Edward Boettcher bought land at this site and relocated the mill and employees. By October, the mill produced 40,000 board feet per day. The stock market crash later that month and the onset of the Great Depression led to the closing of many East Texas sawmills. Boettcher continued operations, though, storing
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large stocks of dried dimensional lumber. The mill saw a boom in the late 1930s, and Boettcher's decisions throughout the next several years kept the mill going. His sons and grandson worked with him at the mill, but due to his death in 1967, as well as increased federal regulations for the industry, the family closed it in 1969, greatly impacting the local economy. The city annexed the property in 1984, and the mill remains a key element in Huntsville's history.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13439.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 30° 43.04′ N, 95° 32.157′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue B and Boettcher Mill Road, on the left when traveling south on Avenue B. The marker is located at the front of Boettcher’s Mill Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77340, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); State Penitentiary C.S.A. (approx. ¾ mile away); Huntsville "Walls" Unit (approx. ¾ mile away); Original Site of The Steamboat House
The Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker is located in a park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
2. The Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker is located in a park
(approx. ¾ mile away); The W.W. Adickes Addition to Oakwood Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); The Brick Academy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Harmon Luther Lowman (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Presidents Tree (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
The view of the Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
3. The view of the Site of Boettcher's Mill Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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