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Illustration of Oliver Evans automated grain mill, from The young mill-wright and miller's guide: in five parts, embellished with twenty five plates, by Oliver Evans, 1795.
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Illustration of Oliver Evans automated grain mill

Credit: From The young mill-wright and miller's guide, by Oliver Evans, 1795.

In 1782, Oliver Evans built the nation's first automated grist mill, on Red Clay Creek in Delaware. In the early 1800s, Anselma mill owner Rees Sheneman installed Evan's designed bucket elevators and screws piecemeal, that he powered with the existing colonial power train system. Today the Anselma mill is one of only a handful of operating mills with the authentic colonial and Evans technology.

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