Powder Mill

The term powder mill is usually used for a mill that manufactures black powder, a type of gunpowder.

A powder mill could be driven by wind or water power, and contained rollers for grinding the ingredients of gunpowder together, as well as presses and tumbling barrels and sieves for compacting, granulating, and grading the powder. Powder mills were built with an eye towards mitigating the danger of explosion, usually with one or more walls built purposely weak so that the force of an accidental explosion could be directed towards an open field or a river.

In 1802, the DuPont family started their industrial enterprises in the United States by building the Eleutherian Mills on the Brandywine Creek in Delaware. This was the start of large-scale gunpowder production in America, supplanting what had been primarily a cottage industry.

The place where the finished powder was stored was called a powder magazine.

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Obukhovo, Noginsky District, Moscow Oblast - History
... In 1708, English businessman Andrew Stales built a powder mill in Obukhovo, which later manufactured gunpowder ... In the first half of the 19th century the powder mill underwent bankruptcy and was sold on auction ... In 1775, Obukhovskaya suburb was organized near the powder mill ...
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... The Frankford Powder-Mill is a historic gunpowder factory in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ... At the time it was built in 1774 by Oswald Eve, it was the only such mill in the American colonies ... Eve built his mill next to Frankford Creek, from which it drew its power ...
Haskell, New Jersey
... in 1898 as a company town for a smokeless powder mill of the Laflin Rand Powder Company ... The Haskell powder mill manufactured the W.A..30 caliber smokeless powder used in United States Army service rifles until 1908 ...

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