A "Little Dam" Powers the Avondale Mill

A "Little Dam" Powers the Avondale Mill (HM1I4B)

Location: Laurel, MD 20707 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.526', W 76° 50.994'

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Riverfront Park Heritage & Nature Trail

The Patuxent River was actually dammed in two places in Laurel to power its mills. In addition to its much larger cousin up stream, The Avondale Mill, downstream from here, was fed by water created by the "Little Dam" located at the foot of what is now Post Office Avenue, on property owned by at one point by Dr. Cronmiller. A mill race, still visible at the foot of Post Office Avenue, connected the water from the dam to Avondale Mill.
Local boys frequently used the dam's reservoir as a swimming hole known as "Bacadocs."
HM NumberHM1I4B
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Date Added Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 5:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 340053 N 4330475
Decimal Degrees39.10876667, -76.84990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.526', W 76° 50.994'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 31.56" N, 76° 50' 59.64" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Post Office Ave, Laurel MD 20707, US
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