Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill (HM245S)

Location: Bryson City, NC 28713 Swain County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 31.208', W 83° 18.59'

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You didn't make it without corn....everyone ate cornmeal, sometimes two and three times a day. -George Moore, local resident

For 50 years, nearby farmers brought their corn and wheat to Mingus Mill, built in 1886. The miller usually charged a toll of one-eighth of the grain the customer brought for milling. The gristmill's stone was turned by a water-powered, cast-iron turbine. From water pressure built up in the penstock at the flume's end, the turbine generated 11 horsepower—enough to run all the mill's machinery. On the second floor, the smut machine blew wheat grain free of debris, while the bolting chest separated ground wheat into grades by sifting it through fine to coarse bolts of cloth.

Mingus was the largest gristmill in the Smokies. Its 200-foot-long wooden flume brings water to the mill's turbine. As early as the 1820s, more progressive millers began using turbines to power their mills rather than waterwheels.

The Mingus family sold the mill to the National Park Service in the 1930s.
HM NumberHM245S
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 290547 N 3933180
Decimal Degrees35.52013333, -83.30983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 31.208', W 83° 18.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 31' 12.48" N, 83° 18' 35.4" W
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Area Code(s)828
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mingus Creek Trail, Bryson City NC 28713, US
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