Baltimore, bridges, Dams, Deer Creek, engineering, kayaking, mills, Noble Mill, Research, water history
Somehow or another I ended up on a mailing list for an organization called S.P.O.O.M. – Society for the Preservation of Old Mills. I just received their latest posting and I see they are visiting Eden Mill on Deer Creek this weekend. Nice mill that I have written about before. (A favorite kayak spot) Back in 1933 when Baltimore City was looking for a new water source, Deer Creek was on the list of possible dam sites. If the dam was built at Rocks State Park, Eden Mill would be flooded. There were quite a few mills below that area which would have lost water power needed for the mills. One of which was Noble’s Mill, which I visited in 2012.
Here is the drawing of Noble’s Mill.
And what the Mill looked like in 1933.
Water to the mill via the sluice gates.
One of the best parts of my 2012 trip was being able to go into the mill. The owner saw me poking around outside and offered to give me a tour.
Besides his artwork, he has been restoring some of the mill works.
Got to love this old pulley system and how you can watch the grain go through the chutes.
The old bridge over Deer Creek.
Map of the other mills along Deer Creek.
The Noble Mill map shows the road in front of the mill, between Deer Creek and the mill. Google Earth shows the road behind the mill.