Mills in Alto Aragón — central eléctrica
is situated south from Sabiñanigo
in the valley of the Río Guarga.
From Sabiñanigo drive southwards toward Huesca. Past Lanave turn
left for Boltaña. After a while you'll find the turn to Aineto just before the
molino de Escartín
at the right side. You'll find the mill of Aineto a bit earlier at the other side of the
From Boltaña cross the Río Ara and take the road towards Lanave. It's a long and winding
road through a beautiful and wild landscape. After about 20 km you'll pass the road for
. After again about as many kms you'll find the mill
of Escartín. You'll spot the molino de Aineto a bit further.
Pictures: 10.IV.2007, 27.VI.2007
(1) Molino de Aineto (white arrow).
he road is narrow but there is a suitable spot
not too far away where you can park the car. If you choose the same spot like I did You'll
notice the watersupply channel crossing the Barranco de Fuenmayor at the other side of the river Guarga (11).
Opposite the mill some stairs will bring you from the road down to the river which you'll have to
cross to reach the mill (1).
The molino is a rather small
construction dominated by a pond with sturdy walls (1, blue arrow).
The roof collapsing under the weight of the years has leveled all the inner walls (3-5).
(2) Mill with pond; arrow shows spot of pic. 12.
(3) Insulators on inside wall.
(4) entrance faces west
The entrance door is blocked by the debris but I managed to enter
via one of the windows. The interior was divided in three, perhaps four, separate rooms.
One of the rooms probably housed the power generator (6). A circuit panel with regulators and
dials is attached to the wall (7, 9). The wall visible left in (6) is the same which can be seen
at the right in (8).
Lines emerge from behind this panel (6) and run
to the next room where a large switchboard is located (8, 10). From there the power lines were
guided over several banks of insulators (3) up the inner wall and leaving the building
at the wall facing south (and the embalse). A huge tube, fitted in the outlet of the reservoir (12),
indicates that a turbine was used to drive the generator.
(6) generator room
(7) regulator with English captions
(9) dials in the generator room
Old maps show a wide network of powerlines. But because both this mill and
the mill of Escartín are interconnected it's difficult to read which molino
served which village. Direct lines ran to Aineto, Solanilla (see the mill of Solanilla
) and Abellada to the south.
The network over Escartín reached Villacampa, Gillué, Secorún,
Cañardo and Matidero (see the mill of Matidero
(10) switching panel
(11) supply channel
(12) outlet of reservoir