1844 Springbrook Mill Gear Assembly

1844 Springbrook Mill Gear Assembly (HM1YRQ)

Location: Elma, NY 14059 Erie County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 51.065', W 78° 38.329'

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Basic Mill Drive-Train Arrangement

This assembly was used in the water mills on the Cazenovia Creek at Northrup Road during the mid to late 1800's. Its purpose was to transmit power from water wheels to grist stones and/or saws. Around the turn of the 20th century, this mill component was moved to 1600 Seneca Street where it was used in the operation of a gristmill. With the gear assembly standing vertically and horses harnessed to it walking in a circle, it generated the power necessary to turn the grist stone to grind grain. In 2012 the gear assembly, the only known remnant, was donated to the Elma Hisrorical Society. Members of the Society refurbished the artifact which is now displayed here under the shelter. The shelter was built with a grant from the Elsie & Lucius McCowan Private Cheritable Foundation. Boy Scouts, Iroquois Central students, Historical Society members, Elma Highway Department and Baschmann Construction Co. all contributed to the design and construction of the shelter. The exact arrangement of the 1844 mill is not known. The schematic on the right shows a typical mill drive that utilizes the mill component.The Gear Assembly was donated by Mary McIntosh and Rory Brake.
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Date Added Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 692924 N 4746982
Decimal Degrees42.85108333, -78.63881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 51.065', W 78° 38.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 51' 3.9" N, 78° 38' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600 Bowen Rd, Elma NY 14059, US
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