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San Miguel de Allende in Municipality of Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Water Mill

 
 
The Water Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
1. The Water Mill Marker
Inscription.
El Batán
Vestigios de lo que fue probablemente la primera obra hidráulica (ingenio) de San Miguel, a fines del siglo XVI. El agua caía del acueducto y hacía girar una rueda vertical de madera, cuyo eje se apoyaba en una estructura de piedra, generando fuerza motriz. Esta tecnología se utilize para moler granos, y para tartar lana en los obrajes textiles durante el Virreinato.

English:
The Water Mill
Remaining vestiges of what probably was San Miguel's first hydraulic work (called ingenio), at the end of 16th century. Water spilled from the aqueduct spinning a vertical wooden wheel with its axis on a stone base, thus generating energy. This technology was applied to milling of seeds and also to treatment of wool at the textile factories during the Spanish rule.
 
Location. 20° 55.159′ N, 100° 43.717′ W. Marker is in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Allende. Marker can be reached from Calle Paloma. Touch for map. The marker is at the "El Charco del Ingenio" Botanical Garden on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, west of the dam along the walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 37720, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Water Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
2. The Water Mill Marker
Some of the remains of the mill are directly behind the marker.
of this marker. Las Colonias Reservoir (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Pool of El Chan (about 90 meters away); House of Pedro Vargas (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); The First Spanish Prisoners (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Tellez Delgado Gas Pump (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Doctor Juan Antonio Pérez de Espinosa (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); The Remains of the Insurgents (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Luis Neri de Alfaro y Velázquez (approx. 1.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel de Allende.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
A remaining portion of the aqueduct that carried water to the mill. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
3. A remaining portion of the aqueduct that carried water to the mill.
A detail view of the mill remains. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
4. A detail view of the mill remains.
Another view of the mill remains image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2017
5. Another view of the mill remains
The water wheel probably was supported between these two large pillars.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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