Secret Room is No More

Posted By on August 31, 2010

There is a room under the new addition of 1940 that was sealed off with concrete sometime after 1969.  I’ve told folks it is the “Secret Room”  – No one has been in there for years, not even me.  Well ….. I was in there, accidentally.  There is a hole where the wheat was shoveled into.  This started the flour making process.  The hole was covered by a trap door.  We were moving some stuff and I told Karen “Be careful those old boards are rotten.”  A few minutes I stepped on them and fell through.  Sore ribs, a banged up elbow and new oak boards covering the hole.  I only saw a small portion cause I hurt too much to look around.

Concrete is Gone

Posted By on August 26, 2010

web-concrete-goneAs you can see the concrete wall that fell into the creek is gone.  I had a mini excavator come in and remove it.  I found the channel I’ve been looking for, it was under the concrete.    But it only goes about 30 ft. and then there is bedrock.  This ain’t gona work.  Maybe it goes to the west????

New Discovery

Posted By on August 26, 2010

web-turbin-hole-21web-turbin-hole1The water is low enough I can see the two holes where the turbines were installed in 1939.  Both holes were full of …..crap.  One washed out but the other one didn’t.  That is because it had been sealed with wood.  Possibly …. this turbine was being repaired when the dust explosion happened.  Or, it was never installed.

In the second photo you can see it opened up.  Darn – there was no box of gold under the wood … just mud and rocks.  Now, does it exhaust to the north like the other one?  Or does it exhaust to the west?

Dam Conversation

Posted By on August 25, 2010

web-dam-repair-2010When we are having a drought I will lower the mill pond (With the gates) and check the dam.  Small cracks can become large holes.  Kinda like a road – small cracks become a chuck holes.  I think ……  So, I lowered the mill pond and took the pressure washer out to clean out a crack.  Then, I put an epoxy in it to seal the leak.  A neighbor stopped by to see what I was doing.

Finishing Trash Rack

Posted By on August 24, 2010

web-finish-trash-rack-201The drought is here.  I’m the only one around here that likes a drought.

Lowered the mill pond (with the gates) so I could finish the trash rack.  I was going to build a security fence to keep folks off of the walkway.  I have seen very few on it, so I just added more boards – more water for turbines.  Now I can do some serious flushing when there is high water.  Had trouble shutting the big gate now that the mill pond is always full.  It lowers slowly, so the water starts building up until there is too much pressure for it to close.  Dustin (Middle son) was there and we stuck a 4 X 4 under the brace on the gate and unhooked the chain that lowers it.  Then we raised the 4 X 4 and “””WHAM”””” the gate closed – all the way.  We reattached the chain.

Clearing Trash Rack

Posted By on August 19, 2010

web-trash-rack-2010Dustin (Middle son) came out to visit.  So, I put him and his sons (Dylan and Ethan) to work helping to clear the trash rack.  Jamie, Dustin’s wife, ran the mill so Karen could come out and help.  On the left side of the photo you can see the biggest tree we pulled off the dam.  The root ball on the tree was 7 ft. in diameter.  They always bring extra cloths when they visit.

Clearing Log Jam

Posted By on August 19, 2010

web-log-jam-20101The water was low enough to start clearing the logs off of the dam.  Dylan (oldest grandson) was hooking the chain to the logs.  Then a fisherman, who thought helping us would be more fun, helped chain the logs.  It took awhile but we got all the big logs pulled off the dam.  Later I cut them into smaller pieces so they will float away when the water comes back up.

Flood in Bridgeton

Posted By on June 24, 2010

flood-2010-web1This is the biggest flood we have had since the dam was finished.  Lots of logs caught on the dam.  The undertow is cool and scary.  Logs fall over the waterfall and get caught by the undertow where the water hits the bottom.  They spin and spin and sometimes flip end over end.  Eventually they get away from the dam.  Some of the logs actually get broken into smaller pieces before escaping.  The reservoir is way over summer pool and as soon as the Wabash River gets back to normal they will start dumping it.  I’m afraid it will be sometime before I can clear the dam.

Parade at the Strawberry Festival in Rosedale

Posted By on June 7, 2010

parade-2010-webThe grand kids and I like to participate in the parade at the Rosedale Strawberry Festival  (Small town down the creek).  I drive the truck and they throw candy.  There was a lot of empty wrappers in the truck??????

Ain’t it Beautiful?

Posted By on June 3, 2010

mill-june-2010-webTook this photo today.  I can’t stop looking at the waterfall and the mill pond.  Fifteen years of dreaming and it has come true.  What a wonderful country.