If you're new to my blog, this quilt is a traditional style crazy quilt featuring old photos of special sites in my little town of McHenry Illinois. When I complete this quilt, I will be donating it to the McHenry Public Library.
Block #7 is devoted to the Mill Pond:
The building in the background is Landmark School which will be my next block. The school is still there and still used as a grade school today.
This is a screenshot from Google Earth of the same spot today. Actually, it's as close as I can get to the same area where the old photo was taken:
The above photo is a map of McHenry from 1872 showing the mill pond and the Owen Bros. Mill:
Okay, so unless you live in McHenry, you might not be interested in the visual information. For me it's fun to know where things were back in the day!
If you live near a mill pond, they're not a body of water created by God. They're man made for the purpose of running a grist mill with water power. They're usually created by causing a creek to dam which floods the area causing water pressure to run the big wheel on the mill.
In the case of McHenry, the Boone Creek was dammed to create the mill pond. Boone Creek was named after the Boone brothers, a couple of McHenry's early settlers. Boone Creek runs off the Fox River and is pretty much all over McHenry! We really can't go anywhere around here without crossing over it.
In the winter months, the mill ponds would freez and ice houses on the pond would cut ice from them for refrigeration.
Once electricity took over, water power was no longer relied on for power. In some cases, the old mill ponds were drained and that was the case here in McHenry. Our mill pond was created in 1851 and was drained in 1929.
Okay, I hope I didn't bore you with all this. I just love the history of McHenry!
I'll get on with some closeup photos of my stitching: