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|Mills in Altoaragón - harinero
Gistain - Chistau
|Gistain - Chistau lies in its
own valley. Leave L'Ainsa towards Bielsa and the French
border. Turn right in Salinas de Sin and follow the signposts Plan then San Juan de Plan
and after that Gistain. Drop the car in (or a bit before) the first hair-pin where the branch
toward Viados is. From there walk to the north (towards Viados) until you find
the construction on your right side.
You can also visit the saw-mill while walking along the road from the flour mill back to your car.
The mill takes water from the Río Cinqueta.
|Front of the mill||Back-wall with supply channel|
|The construction is in good condition. The ground-floor where the work-place is, was safely locked up. We found a peep-hole and think that the major part of tools and machinery are still in place. The next floor is furnished as living quarters and can be reached from a door in the back wall of the mill.||The water-inlet (presa) is about 200 m upstream in a riverbend. From a huge rock in the middle a low concrete azud has been built featuring holes probably for poles to heighten the dam. A robust trunk lies tied up before the dam and in this way protects the inlet for any debris coming down with the current.|
|Presa - water-inlet||Wide and shallow water channel||Outlet and start of channel
to the saw-mill
|From the presa a wide and shallow channel finds its way to the mill. For the last section, a dam had to be built to prevent escape of the waters to the meadows (see picture of back-wall). The canal then splits in a branch going to the mill and a bypass.||Both flows come together below the mill. A this point the miller could purge the water back into the Río Cinqueta or direct it towards the saw-mill further down the road.|
|Cárcavo||Inside the cárcavo|
|The cárcavo is very spacious and opens with a nice pointed arc. (Find another open cárcavo in Torrolluala) The cárcavo houses a modern turbine and gearing for the machinery (generator and stones) on the first floor.|
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