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Old Jan 28, 2008, 10:28 AM   #11
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What a beautiful picture! Any idea what the structure was used for?

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Oops ... my bad .... the title suggests it was a mill.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 5:26 PM   #12
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What a beautiful picture! Any idea what the structure was used for?

Drew

Oops ... my bad .... the title suggests it was a mill.
toshi & drewaz, I bad too drewaz...I always refer to it has a "mill" but here is the story behind it.

The 'Old Mill at Crystal' was actually not a mill at all, but a power generating station. The mill powered a mechanical air compressor for use in ore processing. Crystal Mill had a horizontal water wheel, which turned a vertical shaft that ran up through the housing now held together by cables. It turned an air compressor that was used to operate the air drills for at least two of the local mines on the hill above the mill. Today, Crystal Mill stands as an icon to Colorado – a reminder of its mining roots and the raw beauty of nature.


Hope this helps out themystery behind it. Thanks to both of you for stopping by and commenting.




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Old Jan 29, 2008, 6:54 AM   #13
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......not a mill at all, but a power generating station....
There are hundreds of abandoned textile and cereal watermills sprinkled around the UK, many of which have functional weirs or millponds to maintain a useable head of water. There are various projects in hand to install small modern electricity generators for distributed small-scale hydro-electric power, such as http://www.torrshydro.co.uk/Scheme.htm .

A few million of these in suitable sites all overthe worldmight go a little way towards saving it, in the face of overwhelming odds, thereby preserving the picturesque scenery where old mills are often situated.
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Old Jan 29, 2008, 4:59 PM   #14
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Thanks Alan for stopping by and telling a bit of a story for these old buildings.
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