Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 266 of 365 - Loss of a Landmark

Yesterday afternoon the Cora Mill along the Raccoon Creek outside of Gallipolis fell to the ravages of time. Cora Mill was built in 1835 by Charles Giles and stood for 176 years. The mill operated until 1928 and during the 1937 flood the swept away the damn and turbine. The mill was one of 13 along Raccoon Creek and was the last remaining. I have photographed the mill a few times in the last 2 years. I was planning to go again this summer to try to meet with the owners and get inside and document the inside. It is a stark reminder that as photographers we need to take any opportunity we can to capture reminders of the past because we never know when they may be gone.

Here is the mill today after yesterday's collapse.

About a mile downstream on Raccoon Creek this afternoon there was still some debris caught in the fast flowing water of the swollen creek.

This is a photograph of Cora Mill taken on October 22, 2009. Framed prints of this photo are available at The Home Place in Gallipolis.

More can be found about the history of Cora Mill in this article by Andrew Carter of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune.