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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands (North America)
 

The Water Mill

 
 
The Water Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
1. The Water Mill Marker
Inscription.  
El Batán
Vestigios de lo que fue probablemente la primera obra hidráulica (ingenio) de San Miguel, a fines del siglo XVI. El agua caía del acueducto y hacía girar una rueda vertical de madera, cuyo eje se apoyaba en una estructura de piedra, generando fuerza motriz. Esta tecnología se utilize para moler granos, y para tartar lana en los obrajes textiles durante el Virreinato.

English:
The Water Mill
Remaining vestiges of what probably was San Miguel's first hydraulic work (called ingenio), at the end of 16th century. Water spilled from the aqueduct spinning a vertical wooden wheel with its axis on a stone base, thus generating energy. This technology was applied to milling of seeds and also to treatment of wool at the textile factories during the Spanish rule.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features.
 
Location. 20° 55.159′ N, 100° 43.717′ W. Marker is in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
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. Marker can be reached from Calle Paloma. The marker is at the "El Charco del Ingenio" Botanical Garden on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, west of the dam along the walking trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel de Allende GTO 37720, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Suchil (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Las Colonias Reservoir (about 90 meters away); The Pool of El Chan (about 90 meters away); House of Pedro Vargas (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); The First Spanish Prisoners (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Tellez Delgado Gas Pump (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Doctor Juan Antonio Pérez de Espinosa (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel de Allende.
 
The Water Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
2. The Water Mill Marker
Some of the remains of the mill are directly behind the marker.
A remaining portion of the aqueduct that carried water to the mill. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
3. A remaining portion of the aqueduct that carried water to the mill.
A detail view of the mill remains. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
4. A detail view of the mill remains.
Another view of the mill remains image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
5. Another view of the mill remains
The water wheel probably was supported between these two large pillars.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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