By Chad Weisser

Crystal Mill

Equipment Info
NIKON D7000
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Nearest Area
Marble, Co
Town
Crystal
Brief Directions

The Crystal Mill, or the Old Mill is an 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado, United States. Although called a mill, it is more correctly denoted as a compressor station, which used a water turbine to drive an air compressor. The compressed air was then used to power other machinery or tools. Today it stands as a Colorado icon

Notes

only 4x4 accessible, very hard to get to, be very careful of not falling off the side of the cliff

Description

History The mill was constructed in 1893 by George C. Eaton and B.S. Phillips, promoters of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel and Mining Company.[3] It was built as a power plant for the Sheep Mountain Tunnel.[3] Originally it had a horizontal waterwheel which generated compressed air for miners in the nearby silver mines.[3] It fell into disuse in 1917 when the Sheep Mountain Mine closed. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985.

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Date Added
January 9, 2013
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