Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For 50 years, nearby farmers brought their corn and wheat to Mingus Mill, built in 1886. The miller usually charged a toll of one-eighth of the grain the customer brought for milling. The gristmill's stone was turned by a water-powered, cast-iron turbine. From water pressure built up in the penstock at the flume's end, the turbine generated 11 horsepower—enough to run all the mill's machinery. On the second floor, the smut machine blew wheat grain free of debris, while the bolting chest separated ground wheat into grades by sifting it through fine to coarse bolts of cloth.
Mingus was the largest gristmill in the Smokies. Its 200-foot-long wooden flume brings water to the mill's turbine. As early as the 1820s, more progressive millers began using turbines to power their mills rather than waterwheels.
The Mingus family sold the mill to the National Park Service in the 1930s.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 35° 31.208′ N, 83° 18.59′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 441, 1.4 miles north of Blue Ridge Parkway, on the left when traveling north. Located along the Mingus Creek Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mingus Mill (a few steps from this marker); Cut and Run (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fish Tales (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. half a mile away); Mountain Farm Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Meathouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Apple House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Springhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
Also see . . . Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill. National Park Service (Submitted on December 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 28, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 7, 8. submitted on January 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.