CALCASIEU LUMBER – A Great Member Of The Austin Business Scene For Many Years
Austin supported many lumberyards, but the largest was Calcasieu, started in 1883 by the Drake brothers and later named after the superior lumber harvested in Calcasieu Parish, La.
“Better homes are built with better lumber,” reads an 1884 newspaper ad. “And that doesn’t mean high priced lumber either. Dealers in lumber, sash, doors, blinds, laths, piclets and all builders’ material.”
Early photos show a small lumberyard with a pitched roof and a hitching post for horses. Later, Calcasieu expanded over two blocks with a three-story building supplies store and two-story mill clustered around the intersection of Lavaca and East Second streets, where the sleek Second Street District now rises.
In the 1920s, it became a one-stop shopping center for home building. In 1949, a fire set by a teenage arsonist who had escaped from the State School for Boys in Gatesville caused up to $500,000 damage.
Under the name Mutual Lumber Co., Calcasieu opened numerous branches. It moved to southeast Austin in 1983 and was purchased by Carolina Holdings in 2000.
(The above writings are from Credit: Austin History Center View Caption. By Michael Barnes)
I’m not sure where this early Calcasieu Lumber was located.
This location was at 2nd and Lavaca