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Spanish Fork in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Spanish Fork Grist Mills

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
1. Spanish Fork Grist Mills Marker
Inscription.  Spanish Fork was settled in 1857. The first flour mill was built by Archibald Gardner in 1858-59. The water for the mill came from the Spanish Fork River. The stream was enlarged to give sufficient power to run the mill. This mill was constructed of rough lumber. The grinding was accomplished by large round granite stone burrs about four feet in diameter and two feet thick. These stones had grooves running across them; the lower stones remained stationary while the upper one rotated. The wheat came to the center of the burrs through a wooden chute. The husks of the kernels of wheat, when separated, were called bran; the next finer are the shorts; and the finest made the flour. The burrs frequently had to be dressed to keep them in good operating condition.
Gardner sold the mill to the Spanish Fork Co-op in 1874. Shortly after it was torn down, it was replaced by a larger, two-story building with more advanced equipment. This mill was built of shiplap lumber with gables facing north and south. The flumes carried water to the mill wheel, with a fall of twenty feet. Flour was made in the mill for fourteen years until April 15, 1888, when
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it burned to the ground, probably from spontaneous combustion.
Within a short time, a four-story brick building was started at a cost of $40,000. New machinery was installed, and large steel rollers replaced stone burrs. The new mill burned in December 1927. It was never rebuilt. Today nothing remains of the once busy whirring mill.
 
Erected 2000 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 526.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 15, 1888.
 
Location. 40° 6.223′ N, 111° 39.093′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fork, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is at the intersection of East River Bottom Road and South 200 East, on the right when traveling east on East River Bottom Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spanish Fork UT 84660, 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. Old Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Lush Valley of the Timpanogotzis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Escalante (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Academy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Leland (approx. 1.6
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By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
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miles away); Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fork.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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