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c. 1896. c. 1974, Edward S. Parsons
  • Mill (Julie Nicoletta)
  • Mill (Julie Nicoletta)

This timber-frame structure set into the hillside overlooks Berlin. A wood trestle supported carts transporting ore to the top of the building, where the ore passed through a thirty-stamp mill that broke it into smaller pieces. Gradually the ore was crushed to a pulp, heated, then mixed with mercury, which adhered to the gold and silver in the ore. The precious metals were then separated from the mercury and converted into bullion. A long shed roof covered with standing-seam metal slopes over the board-and-batten-sided walls, terminating at the base of the mill. In the 1970s the state undertook a major stabilization of the building, hiring architect Edward S. Parsons of Reno, who had worked on other historic preservation projects in the state, to reconstruct the roof.

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Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Mill", [Austin, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 198-198.

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