One of my photographer friends posted a beautiful photo of a mill in West Virginia the other day and it reminded me that I had traveled to Youngstown, OH with a couple of photo friends back in June to photograph Lanterman’s Mill. During a summer full of frequent shoots, I never got back to do anything with those photos, so I thought I’d go back to them now. Lanterman’s Mill is in a beautiful inner city park in Youngstown and though we didn’t explore the park further, I’ve been told that its definitely worth a trip back to see more of it!
Though the outside of the mill is beautiful, I think the inside is even more interesting with it’s multiple stories, 7 or 9 if I remember correctly.
The internal workings of the mill passed from one story to another from the waterwheel in the lowest level up to numerous millstones and other machines used to grind grain. The power was transmitted through gears, cogs, wheels, shafts and belts.
In this day and age of concern about energy sources, it was nice to see how ingenious past generations were in harnessing, in this case, the energy of moving water and turning it into the power needed to run a complex mill with little or no negative effect on the environment!