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

George Yount's Millstones

 
 
George Yount's Millstones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2017
1. George Yount's Millstones Marker
Photo of the Star of the Pacific Mill courtesy of the Napa Valley Historical Society.
Inscription.  George Yount, American frontiersman, was born in North Carolina in 1794. When he was 10 years old Yount moved with his family to Missouri and in 1831 he came to California. Yount received a large tract of land in the Napa Valley from the Mexican government in 1836, known as Rancho Caymus.
About 1843 Yount built a flour mill on this land grant, near the Napa River, just one-half mile northeast of present day Yountville. Yount's mill was the first in the Napa Valley. The waterwheel driving two pairs of millstones powered the Star of the Pacific Mill. The mill was capable of producing 30 barrels (5880 lbs) of flour a day.
Yount used this surviving pair of millstones at the Star of the Pacific Mill. These millstones, composed of fresh water quartz, from a quarry in the Marne Valley outside of Paris, France were the highest quality available and sought by flour mills throughout our country.
After George Yount's death in 1865, Frederick Ellis, a miller by trade from New York, continued operation of the mill after he purchased it from Yount's Estate in 1870. The original account ledger show the mill was still in use in 1892.
George Yount's Millstones (covered) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2017
2. George Yount's Millstones (covered) and Marker
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Martha Hussey, great-granddaughter of Frederick Ellis, donated these millstones. They are on permanent loan from the Napa County Historical Society.
 
Erected by Napa Valley Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 38° 24.108′ N, 122° 21.636′ W. Marker is in Yountville, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Street and Yount Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6516 Washington Street, Yountville CA 94599, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Map of Groezinger's Addition (a few steps from this marker); Yountville Community Hall (a few steps from this marker); Groezinger Winery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flags over California in 1870 (about 400 feet away); Yountville (about 700 feet away); Yountville's First Fire House (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Home of California (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Pioneer Christian Church Bell (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yountville.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in front of the Yountville Community Hall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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