Baldwin, in southwestern Polk County, was on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway, which was built through the county in 1880 and generated the construction of numerous sawmills along its line. At Baldwin, a switch on the railroad south of Livingston, the M. D. Tackaberry sawmill cut locally available timber during the late nineteenth century. E. M. Ward also operated a mill there. He moved the Lima Lumber Company's mill, formerly at Lamont, to Baldwin in 1903. The site appears on a 1905 railroad map of Texas but is not shown on 1913 or 1918 maps of this type.
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