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Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Fentress Co. | Tennessee | USA | Late 1800's
Township: District #1 | Watersource: Wolf River


Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

The grist mill and dam were built on the Wolf River and operated by York until his death in 1964. Since then, the farm has been designated a National Historic Landmark District and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

York's Family farm, grist mill, and burial site are now maintained by Tennessee as a State Historic Park.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Tennessean hero, Alvin C. York, was one of the most decorated soldiers in World War I. On Oct. 8, 1918, while leading a small patrol through the Argonne Forest in France, Sgt. York had the assignment to eliminate a flank of opposition machine gun fire that was halting his regiment's advancement.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

York found himself alone, facing a German machine gun unit and he took them on with only a rifle and a pistol. The fight ended with over 20 German soldiers dead and another 132 soldiers surrendering along with their four oficers and 35 machine guns.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Murry Grigsby Fall, 1987

For his efforts he was awarded a dozen medals including the Congressional Medal of Honor.After the War, he returned to his family farm in Pall Mall, nestled in the Tennessee Mountains. York never seeked to capitalize on his fame, and instead led a quiet life.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Inlet to the turbine for Wolf Creek power supply.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

The dam on Wolf Creek located behind the mill.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

The geared inlet from the river controlling the volume flow through the inlet channel to the turbine.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

The turbine located below the right rear section of the mill.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Major power gearing clustered on the perpendicular turbine shaft. The gearing distributes the proper movement to other parts of the mill powered from the water flow.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Lineshaft with pulleys powered by belt from the main power system, geared from the turbine.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

A couple of roller mill stands manufactured by Savage & Tyler, Knoxville, Tn.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Cornmeal grindstone set.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

Scourer for grain. Cleaned the grain of dirt and must.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

A homemade machine to clean corn kernels before grinding began to produce cornmeal or, in the case of livestock feed, cracked corn or mash.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

A double rotary sifter also manufactured by Savage & Tyler, Knoxville, Tn. Two units are mounted, one above the other.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

A receipt slip used in the nearby York store, where the mill products were sold.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

The York Store, now-a-days known as the Valley of the Three Forks Antique and Gift Shop.

Alvin C. York Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/03/2010

A parting shot of the mill from a slightly different angle.GPS: 36' 32.49'N, 84' 57.72'W ele. 873'/266 meters Pall Mall Quadrangle

The Raging storms may round us beat, A shelter in the time of storm. "A Shelter in the Time of Storm" by Vernon J. Charlesworth - 19th Century - - - Alt. by Ira D. Sankey 1840-1908
(From the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: From Crossville in Fentress County, Tennessee, go north on US 127 about 47 miles to the town of Pall Mall. The mill will be on the left in a small state park right after crossing the Wolf River.


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