Nielsen Grist Mill ~ 522
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 38° 18.419 W 111° 30.485
12S E 455578 N 4239998
Quick Description: This Daughters of Utah Pioneers Historical Marker is mounted on a dressed-stone monument, topped by a model of the mill, on the north side of Utah Highway 24 about halfway between Bicknell and Torrey, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 5:05:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMFPZ9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
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Nielsen Grist Mill

The Nielsen Grist Mill is located at the foot of Thousand Lake Mountain on the edge of scenic country referred to by ancient Indians as "The Land of Sleeping Rainbow." Constructed around 1893 for Hans Peter Nielsen by his son-in-law, Niels Hansen, the mill was known as the Thurber Rolling Mills. Water for powering the mill was channeled from the Fremont River and dropped 22 feet through a wooden pipe to the turbine that ran the mill.

The mill still has a double stand of Wolf Rolls and two double stands of McNalley Rolls with scalpers under each that are spouted to the various elevator legs. Sixteen elevators with five reels for flour milling are found in the mill. The Barnard and Leas dust collector and turbine with belting still have pulleys made of native wood, ready to use. Old models of Howe Scales, one for weighing wheat and one for weighing flour sacks, still exist. All equipment is in good shape, including the cash register. The mill produced flour, germade, shorts, and bran, each coming from different spouts.

Farmers would receive one sack of flour for each three sacks of wheat. All 48-pound bags of flour were sewn by hand. The space between the ears was sewn with a long, sharp needle with a built-in thread cutter.

The mill made flour for the surrounding area for 40 years. Improved roads, constructed in the 1930s, spelled the beginning of the end for the Thurber Rolling Mills. Since Wayne County could not grow hard wheat, which made the best bread, it became just as easy to truck in flour as hard wheat.

1999 · · · No. 522 · · · Camp Thurber

Marker Name: Nielsen Grist Mill

Marker Number: 522

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