Peters Traces His RootsOctober, 1994

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I take a closer look, and sure enough, the water turbine housing has been razed. I look inside where the machinery used to be. Wiped clean. By the lake, rough-sawn boards intrude on the view. They mean to rebuild here, but it's grim. Going back round to the front, a gully leads down to the lumber saw. The road used to be just as low. Sawn wood came out where the arch is and was loaded on to waiting horse-drawn carts. The waterfall over the dam is just water cascading over the turbine bypass. And the turbine channel itself has been all poured shut with gravel.

It's a scenic view.But, almost exactly like Mordanga, its owner has reclaimed the daunting task of resurrecting a near-ruin.

"One minute gives invention to destroy;
What to rebuild, will a whole age employ."

The end of the mill, demolished
Where machinery hummed, emptiness
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Boards stacked, waiting to be used
The sawmill used to be down below
The scenic view masks the destruction

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