Gristmills of Central Texas

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Gristmills were once commonplace in Texas. There was hardly a river, a creek, or a stream without one. The purpose of the gristmill was to grind wheat into flour and corn into meal. Prior to the water-powered gristmill, grinding was a tedious, time-consuming task that was usually performed by hand using some type of mortar and pestle. When a gristmill began operating in an area, settlers from near and far traveled to the mill to have their grain ground. The gathering of these settlers and farmers at the mill was the beginning of many settlements that grew into the Texas towns of today. Many of these picturesque settings have become major tourist destinations.
ISBN: 9781467125963
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Charlene Ochsner Carson, a resident of Salado for over 15 years and a published historian, is active in preserving the history of her church and community. She serves as archivist for her church and was the former archivist for the Salado Historical Society. She has selected over 200 photographs that not only illustrate facts about the gristmills of Central Texas but also allow the reader to experience a glimpse of pioneer life as it was lived in a mill settlement.
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