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Elma in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elma Village Mill

 
 
Elma Village Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
1. Elma Village Mill Marker
Inscription.  Before you is the reconstruction of the Hurd and Briggs double sawmill. Efforts to reconstruct a working mill for educational and historic preservation purposes began in 2008. This is the site of the original mill. The actual foundations and race dam are still visible to your front and right.

The original Hurd and Briggs double sawmill was purchased from Joseph Fellows in 1845. The mill functioned as both a lumber and grist mill. Also contained in the mill structure was a shingle and cheese box factory. Clark W. Hurd owned the south saw while Joseph B. Briggs owned the north saw. Repair expenses were shared between the two.

The millrace was built on land that was previously used by Native Americans as a cornfield. This site also contained a board shanty named "The American". This building was used for storage and temporarily housed the workers who built the mill and dug the race.

Estimated Footprint of Original Hurd and Briggs Lumber/Grist Mill.
 
Erected 2009 by Boy Scout Troop 290.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
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42° 51.066′ N, 78° 38.372′ W. Marker is in Elma, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Bowen Road, 0.1 miles north of Cemetery Road. Marker is on the grounds of the Elma Town Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3011 Bowen Road, Elma NY 14059, 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. Elma Town Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Flats (within shouting distance of this marker); 1844 Springbrook Mill Gear Assembly (within shouting distance of this marker); Elma Centre (approx. 1.7 miles away); Blossom (approx. 2.7 miles away); Spring Brook (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lewis Northrup (approx. 3 miles away); Our Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elma.
 
Elma Village Mill & Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
2. Elma Village Mill & Marker
Elma Village Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
3. Elma Village Mill
Elma Village Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
4. Elma Village Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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