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The photos on this page are from Mill Island across from Felts Mills, Jefferson County.  To see a labeled map of the area and the island, as well as pictures from the dams and bridges near the island, refer to this page.  Most of the ruins and artifacts on this page are from the northwestern side of the island, and the western tip (where the bridge and mill were).

The island the mill was on had an area of about 8 acres, and was once called Tannery Island, nearby is Sheep Island.  Later Tannery Island was called Mill Island when the Taggart mill was built in 1889.  At one time the Mill Island was owned by James Le Ray, and over the years had a number of sawmills, a shingle mill, a planing mill, a carding mill, a grain thresher, a cheese box factory, and in 1858 a tannery which burned in 1882.

Likely sometime in the future a new dam system will be built across the north channel and extend across the south channel, thus partly covering some sections of the island with a new power dam.

For photos of another mill nearby closer to Great Bend go to this page.

Old photo of the papermill as it looked when running.  Please see this page for more info about the mill.
Map
Satellite map (2008, courtesy of Google Earth) map showing locations of dams, bridges, and ruins

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Rollers used to grind the wood for papermaking
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Poor's Island Papermill ruins
Jack S writes "This is a carthage grinder. It was used to grind pulpwood into wood pulp in a papermill. The 'rollers' that you see in the abandoned paper mill pictures were inside this castiron machine. Wood was loaded in the pockets as seen on the left, the door was closed and the lever pulled to actuate the hydraulic cylinder which forced the wood against the grind stone. Water was sprayed against the stone to keep the wood from burning. Wood and water mixed, came out the bottom and was called slush, this went through a series of screens to remove slivers, then to the beaters to make the fibers finer, then onto the paper machine. If only wood fiber was used it was a solid wood sheet; an example of that would be the old fashioned milk bottle caps. For other sheets it was mixed with other fibers, chemicals, dies, and waste paper."

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More rollers.
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A broken piece of roller.  These are all over the northwest side of the island.
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Some stonework just above the dam and partially in the water, looks like possibly something slid up and down in water channel, this stonework looks like new except for the moss covering it.
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A pile of a large number of round metal pieces.  Unknown what these are.
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Some sort of pipe, riveted and fairly old.
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Yet another roller.
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Comments from visitors:
Old NY Farm Boy writes "The round stones in pics appear to be grinding stones for grinding wood into pulp for paper making, have seen before when father worked at J.P. Lewis in Beaver Falls."

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Foundations of a building.
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More rollers.  There seems to be something of a trail along the northwestern side of the island, and some signs of humans.  There are also a number of trees felled by beavers, and some game trails.
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More foundations.
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Small old bridge over a now non-existent stream.
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Roller.
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A broken roller.
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Looking at the remains of the old bridge on the northern shore
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Remains of the bridge foundations on the island, to the north shore.
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An old insulator
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An old transformer or radiator, sitting in the middle of the woods
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A closer look
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Comments from visitors:
TJ P. writes: "If you do take a close look you can see that it is some kind of steam radiator, most likely for that mill. I would hate to try to move it. I have to say that it is a work of art compared to the cheap stuff they fabricate today."

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Some more ruins, looks like a shaft fit into this, possibly.
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Good-sized sinkhole or depression.  I include this here because there seemed to be some made-made trenches leading up near it.
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Melted materials found in a few places on the island.
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One of my favorite pictures from this series.  A precariously free-standing section of the old mill with the waters rushing by under it.  The only things holding this up are four thin sections at the bottom.
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