Museum quality giclée on artist’s canvas by Frank Allnutt.
Source: John Fowler/Creative Commons.
The Crystal Mill
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The historic Crystal Mill is an 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado. The mill is easily accessible from Crested Butte, Colorado, also in Gunnison County.
It stands as a Colorado icon, and is reputed to be the most photographed site in the state.
Although called a mill, it is more correctly denoted as a compressor station, which used a water turbine to drive an air compressor. The compressed air was then used to power other machinery or tools.
It was originally called the Sheep Mountain Power House at the Lost Horse Millsite, or simply the Old Mill. Sometimes it was erroneously called the Dead Horse Mill.
The mill was constructed in 1893 by George C. Eaton and B.S. Phillips, promoters of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel and Mining Company. It was built as a power plant for the Sheep Mountain Tunnel. It had a horizontal waterwheel which generated compressed air for miners in the nearby silver mines.
It fell into disuse in 1917 when the Sheep Mountain Mine closed. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985.
© Frank Allnutt