Cascade Mill

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Industrial Abandoned New York United States

History: 

In 1825, Meredith Mallory acquired this property but found it difficult to access the water. Access roads were made, and trees cleared until a site was opened for a dam, grist mill and saw mill.

In 1866, a paper mill was built here but burned down in 1869. It was rebuilt and continued operation until 1900 when the property was purchased by Edward R. Taylor.

Taylor installed hydroelectric turbines to create carbon-bi-sulfide, a chemical used as a solvent, as an ingredient in some insecticides, and rayon for tires.

Eventually, the plant became part of the Baker Chemical Company, but was then closed in 1966 due to a lack of demand for carbon-bi-sulfide.

Today, the property is owned by the Friends of the Outlet Trail.


Personal Commentary: 

I had parked the truck by the side of the closest road and set out on foot. The GPS claimed I could drive right up to the place, but the gate and apparently disused road said otherwise. That's ok, it's a nice day for a walk.

It didn't take long to arrive, having been passed by people jogging and riding bikes. At first, however, I was disappointed as it appeared to be a park, It was, indeed, a park, but whoever was running it hadn't taken all of the usual park-like paranoid precautions against anyone seeing the inside of the buildings. Ok, maybe a sign or two, but that was about it. Otherwise, the buildings turned out to be pretty much open for inspection.

There wasn't a great deal to see, but it was certainly a scenic location with the water rushing by right beside it. All in all, a fun stop on an otherwise active day.


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