Empire City - Part 6 "Merrimac Mill"

Empire City - Part 6 "Merrimac Mill"

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Built in 1861 the Merrimac Mill resided very close to the Carson River. Today all that really remains is perhaps a dried up well or cellar, rusted remnants,broken glass, bricks, stone wall and broken pieces of wood consumed by the sage brush. Just above the mill site is the Brunswick Dam which you will see in part 8. Autumn is still setting in within the canyon as many trees are gold and yellow. Water levels vary but at one time this mill did harness the raging power that the Carson River provided. The Merrimac is only separated by about 150' from the Yerington Smelter. Both mills were fairly close to one another therefore the men that worked at these mills heard the train come through the canyon as much as whistles or bells that went off during shift changes or lunch.
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