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Calistoga in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bale Grist Mill

 
 
Bale Grist Mill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
1. Bale Grist Mill Marker
Inscription. This historic grist mill known as the “Bale Mill” was erected by Dr. E.T. Bale, Grantee Carne Humana Rancho, in 1846. The mill with its surrounding land was deeded to the Native Sons of the Golden West by Mrs. W.W. Lyman. Restored through the efforts of the Native Son Parlors of Napa County. Under the leadership of past Grand President Bismark Bruck, a grandson of Dr. Bale, and by the Historic Landmarks Committee of the Native Sons of the Golden West. The restored mill was dedicated June 21, 1925.
Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committee,
Native Sons of the Golden West

OLD BALE MILL
Rededicated October 1, 1988
By
Napa Valley Parlors
and the
Grand Parlor
Native Sons of the Golden West
Frank Compani, Grand President

 
Erected 1925 by Napa Parlors Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 359.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 32.437′ N, 122° 30.602′ W. Marker is in Calistoga, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from Saint Helena Highway (State Highway 29/128). Click for map.
Bale Grist Mill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
2. Bale Grist Mill Marker
Lower Marker Reads:
OLD BALE MILL
Rededicated October 1, 1988
By
Napa Valley Parlors
and the
Grand Parlor
Native Sons of the Golden West
Frank Compani, President
Marker is located at the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park on the trail between the parking area and the grist mill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Edward Turner Bale (within shouting distance of this marker); The White Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Reason P. Tucker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Schramsberg (approx. 1.4 miles away); Larkmead Winery / Kornell Cellars (approx. 1.4 miles away); Charles Krug Winery (approx. 2 miles away); Cesare Mondavi 1883 – 1959 (approx. 2 miles away); Charles Krug 1825 - 1892 (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Calistoga.
 
More about this marker. Also See Dr. Edward Turner Bale nearby marker for additional information.
 
Regarding Bale Grist Mill. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.359 on October 9, 1939.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. A detailed history of the Mill and Dr. Edward Turner Bale. (Submitted on May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. California State Historical Resources Commission
Bale Grist Mill Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
3. Bale Grist Mill
. The certificate of Resolution 2008-04 Commendation: The Bale Gristmill State Historic Park. (Submitted on May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. California State Park website giving information on the park. (Submitted on May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. From Information on Interpretive Panel in the Grist Mill Museum
When Edward Bale died, his wife, Maria, inherited not just a rancho and two mills, but some difficult financial problems. Perhaps attempting to raise cash before his death, Bale sold several plots of land and even mortgaged the gristmill. Equal to most of the tasks left to her, Mrs. Bale redeemed the mill mortgage and settled other outstanding obligations. She also made at least two contracts with local individuals to manage her rancho.
One of the agreements specified that the attorneys with whom she contracted must “render every personal assistance in their power in the raising and educating her children.” Determined to achieve this goal, Maria Bale sent her children to Sonoma, Santa Clara, and as far away as Boston for schooling.
    — Submitted May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle
Bale's Grist Mill image, Click for more information
Wm. H. Knowles Collection San Francisco, California
4. Bale's Grist Mill
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress) HABS CAL,28-CAL.V,1-
Click for more information.
of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceLandmarksNotable Places
 
Bale's Grist Mill image, Click for more information
By Robert W. Kerrigan, Photographer
5. Bale's Grist Mill
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress) HABS CAL,28-CAL.V,1-
Click for more information.
Mill Stones on Display Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle
6. Mill Stones on Display
The Old Bale Mill Photo, Click for full size
By Jack W. Coburn,Martinez, Ca.
7. The Old Bale Mill
Description on Postcard:
This relic of pioneer days is located between St.Helena and Calistoga. Built in 1846 by Dr. Edward T.Bale,it furnished flour to the residents of the Napa Valley for over thirty-five years. Still standing with its overshot water wheel of 45 feet now idle,this historic building is a landmark for tourists.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,400 times since then and 146 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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