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Near Varnell in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Water Turbine

 
 
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By Tom Bosse
1. Water Turbine Marker
Inscription.  Many old mills were powered by overshot water wheels, picturesque, but difficult to maintain. Praterís Mill, however, was powered by three more modern underwater turbines. One of these, a Leffel-type patented in 1862, is still completely operational and continues to power one of the original pieces of milling equipment.

The turbine is located at the bottom of the forebay (pool) below. As gates around the circumference of the turbine are opened, water flows in the turbine casing, spinning the turbine wickets (blades) and the large shaft that extends from the water up inside the mill.

Water power was also used in the early 20th century to operate an electric dynamo which generated enough electricity to provide lighting in the mill. In the days prior to rural electrification in the area, Praterís Mill was innovative.
 
Erected by Praterís Mill Foundation.
 
Location. 34° 53.739′ N, 84° 55.217′ W. Marker is near Varnell, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker can be reached from Prater Mill Road NE (Georgia Route

Water Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
2. Water Turbine Marker
2), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Varnell GA 30756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Praterís Mill and The Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Prater's Mill (a few steps from this marker); Praterís Mill Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Praterís Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Lacewellís Office (about 300 feet away); Cotton Gin (about 400 feet away); Old Federal Road (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Historic Varnell Home (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varnell.
 
Also see . . .  Prater's Mill Historic Site. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Location of Water Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
3. Location of Water Turbine
Prater's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
4. Prater's Mill
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By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
5. Prater's Mill
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By Tom Bosse, April 3, 2018
6. Prater's Mill
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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