Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero, aceitero, central eléctrica


Centenera is easily reached from Graus. Leave Graus in northern direction towards Campo and Castejón de Sos. Turn right for La Puebla de Fantova. Once there do not enter the village, but continue straight-on towards Centenera and Abenozas. The con­struction is next to the road just before you cross the Barranco de la Ribera (or de Pinares). Our latest visit was on invitation of the owners who did quite a good job in removing the luxuriant vegetation, making it a much easier job for us than in 1998.

Pictures: i.1998, 08.iii.2004

(27) Motorized baker's trough.
(31) Bank of insulators.

(32) Diesel engine.

(33) Tag on the alternator.
The door behind the trough (27) opens to a small room with switches and insulators (31) of the power station. Some narrow stairs are leading down into the level where the generator (34) was located. There was also a diesel engine (32) which was removed between 1998 and 2004. The switch panel (34) was empty.

A map from the 1950s has the mill labeled Molino de aceite and Fábrica de Luz and power lines are drawn towards Centenera, the houses of Fantova next to the Castle, La Puebla de Fantova and the isolated houses of Rabinaco. That is quite some­thing. Even more if we look at the specs of the dynamo.

12337 Volts30
KW0.300 Amps10
HP.-- Rews1000

One hair-drier could have put the region in the dark. Those were the days before the fancy power-hungry home-appliances of our modern times. Read also the testimony of Luis Bara about electricity in Aso de Sobremonte.

(34) The alternator.


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