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The Powder Mills, Paper Mill and Jewell Mill

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The Powder Mills, Paper Mill and Jewell Mill

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Items from the American Powder Mills (which operated under other names such as American Cyanamid). The mills spanned the towns of Maynard, Acton, Concord, and Sudbury and were a source of black powder (used for guns, blasting, etc.) The mills were the site of several large explosions over their operating lifetimes.
Information relative to the Paper Mill and Jewel mills that operated in Maynard in the 1800 hundreds.

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Collection Manager (Maynard Historical Society)

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Gunpowder Label <br />
American Powder Mills
Label used to mark gunpowder kegs.

Powder Mill Employees - ca 1900
Men employed at American Powder Mill, early 1900s

Smokeless Powder Mill - 1910
Photograph of the Powder Mill (American Powder Mill) showing some of the mill buildings and a horse and buggy delivery.

Scene at Powder Mills - ca 1900
Photograph of the (American) Powder Mills taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Power House at Powder Mill - ca 1900
4 scenes of the Power House at Powder Mill, late 1800s to early 1900s. Show's electric generator/dynamo, boilers, powerhouse exterior, and a possibly a steam-driven engine of some sort.

Powder Mill Office
Photograph of the Powder Mill Office. (Note the display on the left wall for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company with the shells forming the "W".)

American Powder Mill Office - ca 1900
Photograph of the American Powder Mill Office showing a fireplace and safe.

Scene at American Powder Company - ca 1900
Photograph of a man and horse taken at the American Powder Company mills. (Note shadow of photographer and view camera at bottom of frame.)

Horse and Buggy at American Powder Mill - ca 1900
Photograph of a manned horse and buggy taken at the American Powder Mill. (Note shadow of view camera and photographer at bottom.)

William Hooper - ca 1900
Portrait of William Hooper, one of the top employees at the American Powder Mill (presumably c1900).

Powder Mill Dam
Photograph of the Powder Mill Dam

American Powder Company Test Guns
These guns were used to test the powder in various types of shells.

Powder Mill Remains - 2010
Photographs of the remains of the Powder Mills taken in November 2010. Third photo shows Paul Boothroyd (l) and Bruce McGarry (r) at the site.

American Powder Company - Glaze Mill
Photograph of the "Glaze Mill" at the American Powder Company

American Powder Company - Corning Mill
Photograph of the "Corning Mill" at the American Powder Company.

American Powder Company - Glaze Mill
Photograph of the exterior and interior workings of a "Glaze Mill" at the American Powder Company. The glaze mill is where the final gun powder was coated to prevent degradation by water absorption.

American Powder Company - Mill Exterior
Photograph showing the exterior of a mill building at the American Powder Company. The pulley on the outside of the building was connected by a rope to motor located in a distant building. This kept any sparks created by the motor away from the…

BOSTON, March 12. The American Powder Mills, at South Acton, Mass., exploded at 9:05 o'clock this a morning, causing much consternation and alarm. Two mills are wrecked, together with considerable machinery. The loss of life is confined to two hired…

ACTON, Mass., May 3. -- Three of the buildings belonging to the plant of the American Powder Company, near the boundary line of Acton and Concord, were blown up shortly after 9 o'clock this forenoon. Five of the employes were killed.

American Powder Mills - ca 1900
l to r
Horse "Charles", William Hooper, William Hird, Frank Rand, Horse "Tige"