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Near London in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

"The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills."

Numbers 11:8

 
 
"The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
1. "The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills." Marker
Inscription.  In the days before cars and supermarkets, before modern methods of manufacture were developed, the settlers who carved a living out of the Kentucky wilderness worked hard to provide the basic necessities of life. One of the most important mechanical devices used by early Kentucky families fo make life a little easier was the mill.

At a time when steam engines arid electricity were still in the future, mills harnessed the natural power of moving water. Though mills were built for many purposes, perhaps most common were the grist mills, which ground grain for bread and feed for animals. Grain milling is one of the oldest industries in the history of mankind.

Once there were hundreds of mills scattered along streams and rivers throughout Kentucky Now most are gone. The McHargue Mill, located just ahead of you on the Little Laurel River, was constructed by the WPA program in 1938-39. It is typical of a pioneer Kentucky mill and contains parts of a mill once operated by the McHargue family on Robinson Creek, 10 miles south of here. Included are a set of millstones brought into Kentucky over the famous Wilderness Road in 1805.
Marker is on left at Little Laurel River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
2. Marker is on left at Little Laurel River.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
 
Location. 37° 5.062′ N, 84° 3.317′ W. Marker is near London, Kentucky, in Laurel County. Marker can be reached from Levi Jackson Road (Kentucky Route 1006) west of Mountain Life Museum Road, on the right when traveling west. Located at Levi Jackson Park Mill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levi Jackson Road, London KY 40744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Millstones Through The Ages (here, next to this marker); Dressing a Millstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Where did Millstones Come From? (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Boone's Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McNitt's Defeat (about 600 feet away); Defeated Camp Burial Ground (about 600 feet away); Levi Jackson Historic Stump (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laurel County (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London.
 
McHargue's Mill at the park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
3. McHargue's Mill at the park.
The largest collection of old millstones in the U.S. at this park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
4. The largest collection of old millstones in the U.S. at this park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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