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Oxen-powered Carding Mill, a rare view of bygone era
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Jun '08
The oxen-powered New Salem Carding Mill is all set to operate once again for the visitors who want to get a rare glimpse of how the mills functioned before industrialization took over completely.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of carding mill, that existed in 1830s, where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years. This site is now managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Spectators can take a look of this once-in-a-lifetime event only on three saturdays, June 28, July 5 and 19. The whole ambience will take the visitors back in history. The demonstrators will be present at the site to explain entire process of how raw wool was transformed into usable fibre.

The spectators will be able to watch oxen walking on a large wheel to power a huge wooden shaft, which in turn help the carding mill and the double carder machine inside, to move. As sheared wool is pushed into the machine, a series of carding rollers straighten out the fibres. After this entire process gets over wool can be spun and woven into desired garment.

New Salem is the only functioning oxen-powered mill in the United States and one of the three in the world.


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