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Balmoral Mills in Colchester County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Balmoral Grist Mill

 
 
Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 1 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
1. Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 1
Inscription.

[1.] Water turbines
the power that ran the mill

This illustration shows one type of
setup for a turbine driven gristmill.

Illustration from "the Red Mill Reborn".
Used with permission of
'Lou Robertella, Brodheadsville Pa."

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[2.] When Alexander Mckay built the mill ca. 1874,
it was powered by at least one turbine,
possibly two

We know this because of oral histories, physical
evidence, documents, and photographs.

[Illustration captions read]
Turbine powering a sawmill ca.1880

Photograph of Archie MacDonald, fourth miller
and last owner/operator. He and several others
provided oral histories in the mid 1970's.
[Photo] Taken ca. 1975
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[3.] There are a few older photos of the mill
before the restoration which don't show
any evidence of the turbine.

[Photo] Ca. 1962 - Folk singer Ed McCurdy

However this one [lower] photo reveals
a great deal.
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[4.] This expanded view of this corner of the mill
corresponds with the location of the turbine
controls

Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 2 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
2. Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 2
inside. The structure appears to be a
'Trash Grate' similar to the ones illustrated below.
These were used to keep debris from clogging the turbines.

The buggy below indicates the age of the image to be at least pre-war but it is likely even older.


 
Erected by Balmoral Grist Mill Museum.
 
Location. 45° 38.697′ N, 63° 11.693′ W. Marker is in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia, in Colchester County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 660 Matheson Brook Road, Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turbines: From Direct to Indirect Power Production (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutherland Sawmill Turbine (within shouting distance of this marker); Local Granite Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); War Memorial (approx. 10.8 kilometers away); Naval Encounter at Tatamagouche (approx. 10.9 kilometers away); Duncan MacLanders and Johanne Faulkner (approx. 11 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  History of Balmoral Grist Mill. (Submitted on September 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 3 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
3. Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 3
Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 4 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
4. Balmoral Grist Mill Marker 4
Balmoral Grist Mill and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
5. Balmoral Grist Mill and Markers
View of SW side of mill, with dam
Balmoral Grist Mill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
6. Balmoral Grist Mill
NE side of mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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