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The Barker's Turbine at Hacienda Buena Vista (1978)


Existing examples of early 19th-century water turbines are so rare that their number can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Only three Scotch turbines- first patented in the 1840s-are known to exist in the United States. Surviving mills of earlier date will inevitably be powered either by water wheels or these mills will have had their antique wheels replaced by turbines of the later- 19th or early-20th century. This acute shortage of extant early hydromachinery is the principal reason why the technological history of the water motor remains obscure and relatively poorly documented.

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Authors & Contributors
John S. Wilson
Gordon, Robert B.
Hirt, Paul W.
Jackson, Donald C.
Joanne Ryan
Thurston H. G. Hahn
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
University Press of Kansas
University of Pittsburgh Press
Louisiana State University Press
The University of North Carolina Press
Harvard University Press
Industrial archaeology
Water power
Sugar and sugar industry
Material culture
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
United States
New England (U.S.)
Puerto Rico
Pacific Northwest (North America)
Louisiana (U.S.)

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