Aldrige Sawmill
Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:27PM
The Vestiges in Abandoned, Texas, mill


A three-mile hike into the Angelina Forest near Jasper, Texas reveals the remains of the Aldridge Sawmill. Abandoned since the 1920s, the mill was once a thriving enterprise served by the Burrs Ferry, Browndell and Chester Railroad (BFB&C) and the adjacent company town was home to 1,000 - 1,500 workers. The property is overseen by the USDA Forest Service and is part of the Angelina National Forest, accessible via a hiking trail built on the earth berms constructed for tram access.

The History Center in Diboll, Texas has a wonderful collection of resources available regarding the area's rich history including this piece by Jonathon Gerland, A Sense of Place in the Angelina Forest: Aldridge, Blue Hole, Bouton Lake, Boykin Springs, and Turpentine.

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