Near Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Timothy Thistlethwaite’s wife’s grandfather, Cornelius Ratliff, Sr., came to this site in 1810 when impressed with the heavy growth of timber and the mass of building stone lying loosely in the bed of the river.
Mr. Thistlethwaite’s saw mill at this site was placed at the edge of the falls over a shoulder of rock and near the bull wheel. A lock was installed above the falls to regulate the volume of water used in turning the water wheel. The 47′ fall from the falls allowed Timothy’s development of several mills (a grist mill, a flour mill, paper mill, and a lumber sawing mill) in the Happy Hollow district of early Richmond. After 80 years, nothing remained as a reminder of these mills except the pit in the falls which ran the bull wheels
Erected by Hon. Peter Tilton Chapter National Society Colonial Dames XVIIC.
Location. 39° 50.841′ N, 84° 53.886′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is on Waterfall Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the west bank of the falls, several hundred feet south of Waterfall Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Waterfall Rd, Richmond IN 47374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Four Boulders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Richmond's Record Roots (approx. one mile away); Mary B. Thistlethwaite Birdsall Home (approx. one mile away); Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Richmond Police Department Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wayne Township World War II Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Freedom Fountain (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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