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.

Wooden Cotton Gin Gear
Although found driving an old cotton gin, this wooden gear (right) and pinion (left) are the type Isaak Blake might have built to drive his sawmill.
Photo By Sam Moore