Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Inside A Flour Mill
The main driveshaft of the waterwheel powered the grinding stones and mill machinery through gears and smaller driveshafts. Hopper elevators and screw conveyors moved grain and flour around the mill. By the mid-19th century other advances included belt drive and water turbines.
Location. 37° 32.093′ N, 77° 26.126′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South 12th Street and East Canal Street, on the right when traveling north on South 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flour Trade (here, next to this marker); Gallego Mills (here, next to this marker); Tidewater Connection Locks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 300 feet away); Gallego Mill Flume 1201 East Cary Street (about 400 feet away); Bowers Brothers Coffee and Tea Building (about 400 feet away); The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph carrying the caption, "Gallego Waterwheel in Ruins, 1865. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
On the upper right is a diagram and key carrying the caption, "Cross-Section of A Mill. (Plate from Evan's Guide, 13th Ed., 1850)
On the lower right is a list of the equipment on each floor of Gallego Mills in 1895.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 810 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.