Washington in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Thomas W. Smith's Corn Cracker & Grist Millstone
Apparently the difference between a corn cracker and gristmill is the ability of a corn cracker to grind corn into course corn meal and the gristmill to grind wheat into fine flour. The ability to grind different materials seems to be the means whether it is called a corn cracker or gristmill. The millstones for a corn cracker are slightly different than those for a flour gristmill. The grooves in the corn cracker are deeper and not as numerous as in a flour mill. This was needed to grind or crack the corn which if ground in a flour gristmill would clog the smaller and more numerous grooves.
"According to the record compiled by Andrew Jenson former assistant church historian, Thomas W. Smith built
He sawed trees from the Pine Valley Mountain to produce sawed lumber which he traded for cattle. He also was a road builder and was involved in building the road from Fort Harmony by way of Washington to Santa Clara. The contract was for $250.00. He was active in operating his mills until 1870 or 71 when he was called to go to Pahreah, Utah. Thomas Washington Smith was born 23 December 1815 in Tennessee and died in Pahreah, Utah on December 28, 1892.
Erected 2004 by Washington City Historical Society, City of Washington.
Location. 37° 7.804′ N, 113° 30.667′ W. Marker is in Washington, Utah, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Telegraph Street and South 100 West. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Washington UT 84780, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Relief Society Hall (a few steps from this marker); ZCMI Co-op Building (a few steps from this marker); Prominent Pioneer Men and Women Who Helped Settle Washington City (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Granary (about 700 feet away); Washington City 1857 (about 700 feet away); Telegraph Street / Millcreek Mills (about 700 feet away); Utah’s Dixie Birthplace, Washington City (about 700 feet away); “Utah’s Dixie” Washington City (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
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