Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon

LEE'S MILL, TX

LEE'S MILL, TEXAS. Lee's Mill was on Caney Creek ten miles southeast of Newton and forty-five miles northeast of Beaumont in east central Newton County. The site was named for a cotton press and water-driven mill established there by the heirs of Moses R. Lee. After Lee's death his mill, formerly located at Magnolia Springs in adjacent Jasper County, was moved to the Caney Creek site in 1870. Operated by W. P., J. J., Louis, and T. J. Windham, the mill was later run by James R. Lee, who established a post office named Livonia in 1883. Livonia had been the name of the town when the Windhams operated the mill. As the mail was often misrouted, the name was subsequently changed to Lee's Mill. The construction of the Jasper and Eastern Railway through central Newton County in 1904–05 led to the growth of a number of small settlements and logging camps. Lee's Mill, however, was not on the rail line, and without the transportation thus afforded, the community gradually began to dissolve. The post office was discontinued and moved to Bon Wier in 1918; Lee's Mill no longer appears on maps. Its population numbered 200 before 1905 but only twenty in 1948.

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, Glimpses of Newton County History (Burnet, Texas: Nortex, 1982).
Robert Wooster

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Citation

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

Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Wooster, "Lee's Mill, TX," accessed September 26, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvl41.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on TexasAlmanac.com!