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John Cable bought land in the Cove in the late 1860s. He built a water-powered grist mill and sawmill in about 1870. The same wheel provided power for both mills. It was a sash sawmill with a heavy reciprocating blade that cut a short distance into a log with each down-ward stroke. It was a relatively slow way of turning a log into lumber.
Faster sawmills with circular disc saws with toothed edges, powered by steam engines, began coming into the Great Smokies before 1900.
Few log homes were built after the advent of sawmills, and some existing ones were modified with sawed lumber.
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