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Nichols-Colby Sawmill in Bow, New Hampshire

Theodore Z. Penn and Roger Parks
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 1975), pp. 1-12
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40968824
Page Count: 12
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Nichols-Colby Sawmill in Bow, New Hampshire
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Abstract

At the time of its accidental destruction in 1938, the Nichols-Colby sawmill in Bow, New Hampshire, was thought to be the oldest surviving sawmill in that state and one of the few up-and-down mills left in New England. Because of the recording work of the Historic American Buildings Survey a few years earlier, it was also well documented and is a prime source of information about sawmill technology in the first half of the nineteenth century. It was built, as nearly as can be determined, during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, enlarged about 1839/40 to include circular-saw machinery for clapboards and shingles, and finally was equipped (probably 1850) with a pair of reaction-type water wheels.

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