Mills in Alto Aragón - central eléctrica
is situated on the road from
towards Bielsa and the French border. The mill is in a bend of this road just to the north of Labuerda.
The locals know this spot as the curva del molino
The molino aceitero is built in the riverbed next to the harinero.
Both mills receive water from the Río Cinca.
Make sure to carry a light if you go inside.
(21) Central eléctrica: upper floors with insulators (Peña Montañesa in the back)
(22) Looking back at the entrance
(23) The electricity corner with alternator
A double-width wooden door (1) opens directly into the main
floor (22, 23). There is one huge main space with some smaller separate rooms (22).
A look at the floor shows clearly that these must be later additions. A scribble on one of the
walls suggests that the reforms date from the early 1940s at the latest. The rooms do not
communicate with each other and there is no hint at what they were used for.
Part of the floor is in wood. There is a trap-door (22)
giving access to the level below. It was pitch dark and I considered the ladder not trustworthy and I
therefore did not descend, but I guessed there were empty sockles.
This mill is stripped of everything apart from the alternator, a few switches and some insulators (see
triplets of white dots on the beams 22, 23).
(24) Ladder to the turbine room
(25) Some forgotten switches
he alternator is mounted on its sockle
by means of a system designed to fine tune the position. Two long screws (26) slide
the generator back and forth in this way adjusting the tension of the belt.
The alternator carries two tags, one of each: the supplier and the brand.
|ARCADIO D. DE CORCUERA, S.A.
— BILBAO —
Sucursales: MADRID - BARCELONA
OVIEDO - SANTANDER - SAN SEBASTIAN
ZARAGOZA Y VALENCIA
Arcadio was established in 1890.
(27) Tag on the General Electric alternator
While the workplace is almost empty it's definitely
interesting to take a closer look at the walls which are covered with scribbles, sums and drawings.
They come in grey (pencil), blue and black and in several layers which adds to the challenge to decipher them.
The writings on the wall range from simple reminders or short notes
in relation to the daily business (31) to elaborate drawings like a complete millstone dressing pattern (28).
We've found small electrical schemes (30), drawings for fun (32) and texts similar to logbook entries.
(28) Harp dressing pattern found on East wall
(29) Flower of life predating the New Age.
(32) Someone in particular?
few texts we've found:
• Antonia 38+45=83kg
• Juaquin - ladrillos 14
• Florencio Buil 58
• Visorio 72.
• Pilar 41'5 Kg
• Escuaín 70 Kilos
• Luz para Panaderia - hora de entrada 12 1/2 - subida 2 menos cuarto
• Diciembre de 1942 dia 6 empieza a funcionar la estufa
There are lots and lots more.
ome other mills where you'll find interesting signs
on the wall:
- Ayera with a horrific murder scene
- Montesa reporting on the teams at work
- Arén with mill stone patterns.
- Article in el Gurrión covering the subject. Download PDF (4.6MB, Spanish).