Boy’s Diary Tells of Water Wheels in the Early 1800s

For centuries, water wheels provided power for a variety of uses. Eric Sloane’s book "Diary of an Early American Boy" looks at the impact of a mill powered by an overshot water wheel in the early 1800s.

Gaston's Mill
Gaston’s Mill (built in 1830), now part of Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio.
Photo By Sam Moore