Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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Mingus Mill in the Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!Mingus Mill is one of the many historic structures preserved and maintained in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In the Nineteenth Century, the center of industry in rural America was the grist mill. These marvels of physics harvested natural forces, usually water, to convert grain to usable meal or flour.

Mingus Mill, which was constructed in 1886, utilized state-of-the-art turbine technology to power its machinery. Water was directed down a millrace to propel the turbine which was connected to a series of cogs and belts that would power the entire operation of the mill.

Typically, in a cash poor society, the miller would simply charge a “toll” by keeping a percentage of the finished product. Ten percent was the generally accepted fee paid for the convenience of having the grain processed and bagged.

As a result, owner and investors in mills were among the wealthiest citizens of a community. It was a very profitable business for those that could procure the capital needed for construction.

Mingus Mill is located on the Newfound Gap Road about a mile north of the Oconaluftee Vistor’s Center near Cherokee North Carolina. It’s a one hundred and twenty-four year step back into history that is just a few miles from 2010 civilization!

All photos courtesy of Richard Weisser and SmokyPhotos.com

Fall leaves reflected in window at Mingus Mill

Millrace at Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Howdy and morning to you Richard

Richard,
I have always enjoyed Historic Structures and sites. There sure are a lot of mighty fine one all over the Grand State of Georgia. You sure have gave us some mighty fine photos to set our eyes upon.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

November 07, 2010 11:53 AM
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The Smokies are beautiful and as we move closer to winter the roads in and out of their along with the campgrounds, begin to close.  Imazing that the weather gets that bad...or maybe it is the drivers, that they need to close down the roads.

November 07, 2010 03:58 PM
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Hi Andrea....

Oh-kona-luft-tee! It's the settlers interpretation of the Cherokee word Egwonulti which me "beside" as in "beside the river." Thanks for the comment.

Deanne...

I find myself always looking for these shots. Thanks for noticing!

Michael...

Indeed they do. That's why I love to go there.Thanks.

Ann...

Let me guess ... Pigeon Forge Tennessee? Lol and thanks.

Susan...

Nora Mill is still in Helen and completely operational! I have some photos here ...somewhere! THX

November 07, 2010 04:46 PM
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Richard, I have always enjoyed how you pair nature photos with your blog.  You have such a knack for nature photography.  The work you do is always beautiful and very enjoyable.  Although, I must ask how you keep your ties so clean.  :-)   

November 07, 2010 08:06 PM
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Interesting how times and technology change Richard.  Thanks for the great pictures and the memories.

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