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Panoramic shot of the mill and dam


Panoramic shot looking down into the ruins


Another view downward


Yet another

Photos taken September 15, 2012
Mill ruins along the Black River, about one and half mills above Felts Mills and between Felts Mills and Great Bend, Jefferson County.
This mill was a pulp mill built in 1907.  It may have been owned by the Black River Traction Company at one time and the Harmon Paper Company at another (unknown in which order they were owned or which company built it).  It later was bought by A. H. Lefebvre (Lefevre) who owned it for about nine years, and then later sold to the Taggart Paper Company after that.
Lefebvre invented a process where ground wood pulp could be process into paper without the use of a sulphite by putting the wood through a series of scrubbing tanks, and any waste fiber and water were recycled again and again.
The dam contained one 45-inch and four 72-inch Smith-McCormick turbines (the holes in the floor you can see in some of these pictures likely held the turbines).
After the Taggart Brothers Company (later renamed the Sherman Paper Company after Sherman's death) bought this pulp mill the pulp was made into laps at this mill and then transported by truck or freight to the Felts Mills mill (photos of the ruins at Felts Mills) and the Great Bend mill for a year or so.  But this caused much problems in transport and was expensive so the company decided to build a pipe system to move the raw pulp to the Felts Mills mill via the force of gravity (see photos below).
Can be accessed via the Great Bend to Felts Mills trail (see this page).
Trail pic here;

Also see this page for photos of the ruins of a mill near Felts Mills.
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Photos taken September 15, 2012
Some views of the interior, notice the deteriorated I-beams.

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Photos taken September 15, 2012
More views of the interior, last photo shows tumbled wall.

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Photos taken September 15, 2012
Two panoramic shots of the corresponding concrete dam ruins (these damns were built in 1910), and the remains of an older wooden dam with a limestone foundation.

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A concrete piece nearby


This was likely the pipe system used to move raw pulp from this mill to the Felts Mills mill a mile away (see description under first photo).  This looks like a raised wall until you see crumbled section and can look down into the hollow pipe system.


These steps were along the same wall as the previous photo.


These steps were at the end of a concrete wall.


Concrete edge of a road or structure nearby, leading to the mill.

Photos taken September 15, 2012
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Photos taken by Scannerman November 2012
On Dog Hill Road, at corner of Perch Lake Road/Jack Street Road (County Route 15) and Dog Hill Road, Jefferson County.  Former large turkey farm owned by Timmerman's and now on Amish property.
Also see corresponding buildings on this page.
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Photos taken by Scannerman November 2012
On Dog Hill Road, Jefferson County.  Former turkey farm buildings.
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Photos taken by Scannerman November 2012
More photos of these buildings on Dog Hill Road.
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Photo taken by Wendy Lyon and shared via the OABONNY Facebook Page 2012
Galway, (near Albany) Saratoga County.  Wendy writes "Here is a picture of the abandoned Joseph Henry House. Joseph Henry was the first curator of the Smithsonian. He lived in Galway as a boy. Notice the historic sign.
Joseph Henry lived here from 1808-1813 with his grandmother after his father died when he was young and he grew up very poor.  But as an adult he was first secretary of the Smithsonian Institute and was a founding member of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, which was a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution.  Joseph Henry also discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance, mutual inductance (independently of Michael Faraday, though Faraday was the first to publish his results), was the inventor of a precursor to the electric doorbell and invented the electric relay. The SI unit of inductance, the henry, is named in his honor. See Wikipedia article here.
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