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Burnt Mills

 
 
Burnt Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
1. Burnt Mills Marker
Inscription. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission built the Burnt Mills water filtration facility in 1929 to meet increasing demand for clean water in the rapidly-growing Washington. D. C. suburbs.

The two brick Colonial Revival buildings housed offices and pumping equipment. The structures reflect a design that was popular for houses in the late 1820's, and are an interesting adaptation of a domestic look for a municipal structure.

This turbulent stream was the location of one of the county's earliest grist mills, which stood here starting in the 1700s. Originally called Bealle's Mill, it ground grain into flour for nearby residents.

Robert B. Morse Filtration Plant

This site represents the revolutionary move from on era to another —from the use of water in order to power simple machines for local production, to the multi-million-dollar industry of protecting the public water supply for a large region. This small site helped make possible the enormous growth that suburbanization brought to our region.

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? " - Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder (Posthumously 1965)
 
Erected by Montgomery County
Burnt Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
2. Burnt Mills Marker
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Location. 39° 1.85′ N, 77° 0.363′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Columbia Pike (U.S. 29). Touch for map. The marker is behind the WSSC building along the Rachel Carson Greenway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10700 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rachel Carson (here, next to this marker); Rachel Carson House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mother Jones (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Harper Family Homestead (approx. 2.4 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Spirit of Wheaton (approx. 2.5 miles away); Silver Opportunity (approx. 2.6 miles away); Building Blocks (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
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Burnt Mill c. 1900 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
3. Burnt Mill c. 1900
Close-up of photo on marker
The Dam under Construction c. 1929 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
4. The Dam under Construction c. 1929
Close-up of photo on marker
Robert B. Morse, Engineer. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
5. Robert B. Morse, Engineer.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Filtration Plant During its Production Years. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
6. The Filtration Plant During its Production Years.
Close-up of photo on marker
Burnt Mills Dam image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
7. Burnt Mills Dam
Neo-Georgian Pumphouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 11, 2005
8. Neo-Georgian Pumphouse
Neo-Georgian Pumphouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
9. Neo-Georgian Pumphouse
WSSC<br>10700<br>Columbia Pike image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2014
10. WSSC
10700
Columbia Pike
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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