Saginaw Manistee Lumber Company Mill


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This photo shows one of the Town of Williams' many sawmills. 

The Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company was founded about 1870 in the State of Michigan. In 1893, the company opened a lumber mill in Williams, Arizona Territory. The company virtually built the town of Williams and supplied the town with both power and water for nearly the entire first half of the twentieth century. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (earlier known as the Atlantic and Pacific) also depended on the company to provide their trains with water.

Saginaw and Manistee incorporated in 1899. Much of the early success of Saginaw and Manistee in Arizona can be attributed to the acquisition of large tracts of land from Edward Perrin in 1903. The railroads of the Saginaw and Manistee quickly branched north and south of the mill to log these newly acquired regions.

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