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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gallego Mills

 
 
Gallego Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Gallego Mills Marker
Inscription. Richmond's Gallego Mills were a major 19th century industry. In 1834, Joseph Gallego built a mill on the Great Basin at the northwest corner of 12th & Canal Streets. The mill used Basin water to turn its waterwheels. After an 1848 fire, Messrs. Warwick & Barksdale, who had taken over Gallego Mills, rebuilt a 7-story mill on the same spot.

In 1860, they built an even larger 12-story mill on the southwest corner of 12th & Canal Streets. It reused water from the original upper mill. Both mills burned in the 1865 Evacuation Fire, but the upper building was rebuilt and operated until it burned in 1903.
 
Location. 37° 32.096′ N, 77° 26.125′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South 12th Street and East Canal Street, on the right when traveling north on South 12th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inside A Flour Mill (here, next to this marker); The Flour Trade (a few steps from this marker); Tidewater Connection Locks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 300
Flour Mill Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Flour Mill Markers
feet away); 1201 East Cary Street (about 400 feet away); Gallego Mill Flume (about 400 feet away); Bowers Brothers Coffee and Tea Building (about 400 feet away); 1200 Block East Cary Street (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a sketch carrying the caption, "Gallego Mills. View across the Great Basin. (Courtesy of Valentine Museum)

On the lower right is a photograph carrying the caption, "Gallego Ruins, 1865. Left, the 1848 upper mill; right, the new 1860 mill; foreground, the Kanawha Canal. (Photo by A. Russell, Courtesy of National Archives)
 
Also see . . .  Gallego Mills. Lost Virginia - Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Richmond, Va. Ruins of the Gallego Flour Mill image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
3. Richmond, Va. Ruins of the Gallego Flour Mill
Library of Congress [LC-B815- 886]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,324 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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