The river runs by the mill

You don’t have to go far in my area of New England to find old mills along the rivers. Water power propelled the early industrial revolution in this country, and the remains – old mills, mill races, and parts of old turbines dot the landscapes of our towns and cities. The world procured its cotton and wool fabrics from us.
The mills were built to take the pounding of the heavy looms and seem to have shrugged off years of neglect to emerge more recently as condos, offices, light manufacturing, and artist lofts.

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