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Near Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Power, Wheel House and Turbine

Glencoe

 
 
Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
1. Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker
Inscription.  To power the turbine that ran the mill, the water that ran through the mill race flowed into the wheelhouse at the back of the mill. It dropped down through the 48-inch, 152-horsepower turbine located below ground level. A metal shaft connected the turbine with a big pulley on the first floor of the mill. That pulley turned the overhead belts and smaller pulleys that powered machinery in the Picker House. Sometimes, eels from the river clogged the turbine, shutting down the mill until workers cleared them out.

In 1894, the Holts installed a smaller turbine to generate electric power and made Glencoe one of the first mills in the county with electric lights. In 1903 they installed a steam engine to power the Dye House, Finishing Room, and Napper Room. In the 1930s, they converted to electric machinery, using water power to generate the electricity.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 36° 8.326′ N, 79° 25.67′ W. Marker is near Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker
Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
2. Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker
is on Glencoe Street, on the left when traveling west. Glencoe Village is 3 miles north of Burlington, NC from NC Highway 62. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington NC 27215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Picker House and Dye House (here, next to this marker); The Mill Buildings (here, next to this marker); Glencoe - Life in the Mill Village (a few steps from this marker); Glencoe Management Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Glencoe - Company Office and Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rise of the Textile Mill Communities (within shouting distance of this marker); Living in a Mill-Centered World (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighbors Divided (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
Also see . . .  Glencoe Textile Heritage Museum. (Submitted on June 29, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina.)
 
Additional keywords. Textiles, Alamance Cotton Mill, Burlington, Company Shops, fabrics, Holt
 
Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 27, 2010
3. Glencoe - Power, Wheel House and Turbine Marker
A Large Gear From Glencoe Mill image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 27, 2010
4. A Large Gear From Glencoe Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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