The Big Mill from Sapello

The Big Mill from Sapello, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

The Big Mill from Sapello, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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The Big Mill from Sapello

The largest mill at the living history museum of El Rancho de las Golondrinas was originally built and used by the Pacheco family in Sapello, New Mexico.  Its machinery, which was manufactured in Buffalo, New York, was shipped to New Mexico by railroad in the 1880s.  The miller ground flour for the soldiers at Fort Union until its closure in 1891.

The mill was one of the buildings purchased by the Paloheimos from the surrounding rural area to replace those that had disappeared or to illustrate specific activities of a Spanish rancho.   It began operating at Las Golondrinas when the living museum was first opened to the public in 1972.

The Big Mill from Sapello, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

The Big Mill from Sapello, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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In 1991 a new, handmade oak wheel was constructed to replace the old, rotting pine wheel.  Flumes and aqueducts bring water to turn the wheel from springs in the surrounding hills.  If you are lucky enough to visit Las Golondrinas on festival days you will be able to see the mill grinding wheat into flour.

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The Big Mill from Sapello
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The Big Mill from Sapello
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The largest mill at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, commonly known as the big mill, was originally located in Sapello, New Mexico
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Mark Summerfield
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4 Comments

  1. I just love these old water powered mills Mark. They are rapidly disappearing. The perspective on the second image is stellar.

  2. Great old mill there, Mark! I love how the two compositions are absolutely unique even though they appear to have been taken not too far apart from each other. Terrific work here my friend!

    • Many thanks. Toad. There is actually about 40 to 50 yards difference between the two shots. I used the most of the full range of my 18-200mm zoom to get the mill to be the same size in the two images.

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