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Near Teasdale in Wayne County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Nielsen Grist Mill

 
 
Nielsen Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2014
1. Nielsen Grist Mill Marker
Inscription.  The Nielsen Grist Mill is located at the foot of Thousand Lake Mountain on the edge of scenic country referred to by ancient Indians as "The Land of Sleeping Rainbow." Constructed around 1893 for Hans Peter Nielsen by his son-in-law, Niels Hansen, the mill was known as the Thurber Rolling Mills. Water for powering the mill was channeled from the Fremont River and dropped 22 feet through a-wooden pipe to the turbine that ran the mill.

The mill still has a double stand of Wolf Rolls and two double stands of McNalley Rolls with scalpers under each that are spouted to the various elevator legs. Sixteen elevators with five reels for flour milling are found in the mill. The Barnard and Leas dust collector and turbine with belting still have pulleys made of native wood, ready for use. Old models of Howe Scales, one for weighing wheat and one for weighing flour sacks, still exist. All equipment is in good shape, including the cash register. The mill produced flour, germade, shorts, and bran, each coming from individual spouts.

Farmers would receive one sack of flour for each three sacks of wheat. All 48-pound bags of flour were sewn
Nielsen Grist Mill Marker • <i>wide view<br>(model of grist mill on top of marker pedestal)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2014
2. Nielsen Grist Mill Marker • wide view
(model of grist mill on top of marker pedestal)
by hand. The space between the ears was sewn with a long, sharp needle with a built-in thread cutter.

The mill made flour for the surrounding area for 40 years. Improved roads, constructed in the 1930s, spelled the beginning of the end for the Thurber Rolling Mills. Since Wayne County could not grow hard wheat, which made the best bread, it became just as easy to truck in flour as hard wheat.
 
Erected 1999 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Camp Thurber. (Marker Number 522.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 18.424′ N, 111° 30.483′ W. Marker is near Teasdale, Utah, in Wayne County. Marker is on Utah Route 24 at milepost 63.8, 1.6 miles west of North Teasdale Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in a pull-out on the north side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Teasdale UT 84773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Relief Society Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); Torrey Log School and Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Torrey Log Church and Schoolhouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); Building a Community (approx. 4.8 miles away); The First Grave
Nielsen Grist Mill (<i>located about 300 yards west of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2014
3. Nielsen Grist Mill (located about 300 yards west of marker)
(approx. 7.8 miles away); "Tragedy in the Desert" (approx. 9.9 miles away); Loa Tithing Office (approx. 9.9 miles away); First Wayne Stake Tithing Office (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Regarding Nielsen Grist Mill. National Register of Historic Places #75001835
 
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1. Nielsen Grist Mill. The mill building was constructed with hand-hewn beams and fastened with wooden pegs. Fed by water diverted from the Fremont River, the wooden flume guides water into a turbine, turning the huge Buhr grindstone. Following a post and beam design and supported with hand-hewn timbers, the mill is recognized for its historic value. (Submitted on November 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Hans Peter Nielson Gristmill. It was built for Danish immigrant Hans Peter Nielson, a miller born in Denmark who came to Utah in 1863, and was constructed by Danish-born carpenter Niels Hansen. It was operated by Nielsen until his death in 1909, then operated by three brothers: Ernest, Jesse and Clinton Syrett, until 1921, then operated by others until 1935. (Submitted on November 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Nielsen Grist Mill (<i>wide view looking north from Utah Route 24</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2014
4. Nielsen Grist Mill (wide view looking north from Utah Route 24)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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