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Old 12-30-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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The last steam powered sawmill in the u.s.

The last steam powered sawmill in the u.s.

If any of you guys get a chance to go to Oregon, go and see the last commercial steam powered sawmill in the U.S. It is located in Monroe, Oregon. This is truely a great experience to see and tours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These boys specialize in sawing Doug fir up to 85' in length. The name of the mill is Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. 541-424-3112.

http://www.garymkatz.com/OnTheRoad/HullOaks.htm

A family-run Oregon business is still going strong aftert 65 years

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/article/steam-powered-sawmill.aspx

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There's a home for sale here in Anacortes whose owner from new recently died in her late 90's

The historical records indicate that the house was built from logs barged over from a couple of the San Juan Islands, dragged up to the homesite from the beach by a couple of draft horses and then sawn on-site by a portable steam-powered sawmill.

Unfortunately there aren't any photos, as far as I know.
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I would like to see that machine in operation, near us in Connecticut, there is an antique machinery organization that has quite a few steam engines both stationary and motive and its fancinating to see them run.
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If you go to the Upper Canada Village you can see a working water powered sawmill, a steam powered flour mill and cooper and a wool factory all powered off the same small water spillway way. The flour mill took on steam power back in the old days because folks could not be without food but they could do without cut lumber and wool until the water came back.
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Thank you for sharing this treasure. My Grandad had a portable steam sawmill back in the 20's/30's in Arkansas. Almost everything, I've been told, was done manually and using Clydesdale horses to locate and load the large hardwood logs. I sure wish I had been smart enough to talk with him about the mill.
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