Crystal Mill

Limited Edition
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$4,000.00 - $16,000.00

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Colorado, United States
Limited Edition Run of 50 / Artist Proof Run of 3

Image Story

The mill, constructed in 1893, harnessed the river adjacent to the mill to power the air compressor housed inside. Early engineers had built a dam across the river, which funneled water down the vertical penstock, the ladder-like structure onto a horizontal wheel, which drove an axle in the penstock. 

The penstock powered the air compressor. In turn, the enormous compressor ran drills in the nearby Sheep Mountain and Bear Mountain mines. The drills were used to bore holes in the mine walls for the placement of dynamite. Once the dynamite was detonated, the miners removed the ore.