What the millstone saw

What the millstone saw

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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5 Responses to What the millstone saw

  1. roguecrafter says:

    I wonder what else that millstone has seen…

    • I have written the quote below from the plaque screwed into the stone that tells its backstory. It’s truly fascinating to see and touch this old worldly stone that has truly seen it all. Thank you for asking and have a great day! Cheers, Tyler 🙂

      “This is one of the first mill stones or burrs to be used in this section of Oregon. This was originally quarried in France and shipped around the horn from New York in 1850 by sailing vessel. In 1852, it was transported by oxen from Portland to Kings Valley and set up and operated on the banks of the Luckiamute River at one of the first three grist mills in the state. This stone has been in constant use for over 60 years.”

      • roguecrafter says:

        That reminds me of a bonsai tree in the national Arboretum in Washington DC that survived the bombing of Hiroshima. I think it’s about 400 years old. What an amazing universe we live in.

  2. this is very cool love the history behind it Tyler

    • Thank you! I found it all quite fascinating myself. Logging mills used to form the backbone of the Western Oregon economy. This stone represents a lot of blood, sweat and tears, a Catch-22 situation that creates jobs to support hard working families, while concurrently, turning old growth forests into toothpicks. There are pockets of mature stands that are being preserved and other younger 30-40 year old timber to harvest, but the housing market needs to improve first so there’s a need again. I’m not opposed to logging – I just want to see it done sustainably and not all at once like a Gold Rush boom and bust. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

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