Mills in Altoaragón - harinero, central eléctrica
on the road between
Coming from Broto, pass Sta. Olaria de Ara and
from then on look out for the suspension bridge.
Lacort is on your left side. The flour mill is about
half way between the road and the river opposite the village.
The mill got its water from the Río Ara.
Pictures: XII.1989, XII.1995 and IV.2007
(1) Harinero of Lacort
Río Ara with mill and channel
Half of the
construction is occupied by the mill. The other half, with the windows, housed
the living quarters of the miller. The outlet of the cárcavo is situated
below the door at the left. The drain runs towards the camera.
On page 277 of La Solana
is a picture of the same mill during the 1950s. Since then no changes were
made at the outside of the building.
(2) Río Ara with inlet of supply channel
(3) Channel in concrete tube to cross tributary
This is one of the best canals
I ever saw . It starts at the left riverbank more than a kilometer upstream
from the mill (see map, 2). Very soon the channel meets a tributary of the
Río Ara. There the water is lead in a concrete tube (3) and resurfaces
at the other side from where it continues its way between earthen walls (4)
sometimes provided with doors (5) to drain the water back to the river
or into the irrigation system.
he channel eventually arrives at a noria
(waterwheel) and a communal washing place (6). At least that was the case in 1995.
But you can't trust local people to protect their common heritage. The washboard
is broken to pieces and dumped against the noria
ploughed under (see 7: the bridge of p. 6 is bottom right in p. 7; some
forgotten debris is also visible).
(6) Washing place — 1995
(7) Situation in 2007
(9) Channel, next stretch
fter the (deceased) washboard the channel
turns right (depth of pict. 6, 8) before it becomes a solid aqueduct (9) crossing
the access road to the mill.
The channel then turns left again before it splits in two branches, one feeding the
harinero and the other one the turbine. The channel ends in a cubo (12),
which is a device meant to build up more pressure in a high water column.
It's easy to appreciate the height of the column knowing that the top of the cubo
is situated only little below the top of the roof (1).
Other interesting cubos are found in
An embalse to keep an amount of water
in stock was not needed: the Río Ara is never without. The mill
could run with what water was fed directly from the river. It was said that
the mill muele de fila.
When a miller had to wait for an embalse to fill first people said that the mill
muele de restañada.
(10) Channel, next stretch
(11) Channel, next stretch
(12) Channel ending in cubo
||La Solana - Vida cotidiana en un valle altoaragonés
by Carlos Baselga Abril - 1999 - ISBN 84-605-8764-9