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grist mill stones Even a crude grist mill was an important “machine” in 1840s frontier California, because without it flour and bran and cornmeal had to be imported at considerable cost. Most were simple, out-in-the-open constructs. The grinding stones

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Gristmill

During the 19th Century some carpenters and joiners began specializing as millwrights, an occupation formerly engaged in solely by the millers themselves (skilled craftsmen who owned or operated mills that ground

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Many decades ago, skilled artisans hand-carved millstones into patterns resembling radiating spokes of alternating higher and lower depths. Because of the resemblance to plowed farmland, the grooves were called “furrows” and the

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Whether privately owned, or cooperatively operated by a community, gristmills were crucial to survival in the old west. (Grist=a quantity of winnowed grains to be ground). The stones were large

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Even a crude grist mill was an important “machine” in 1840s frontier California, because without it flour and bran had to be imported at considerable cost.  Most were simple, out-in-the-open constructs.  The grinding stones consisted of

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