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Catalog Number D.VI.045
Caption Deception Pass Mill
Description Deception mill @ Dewey Beach

"Old Deception Mill " aka" Pass Mill"- Christiansen and Benn- Owners. Powered by a huge water wheel which had a row of buckets that filled from a flume carrying water from Campbell Lake runoff through Indian Creek. The mill was built by two Germans known as Rifle and Barley. Here farmers brought their grain and had it ground into feed; the owners cut up the virgin trees into lumber and also carried on a business of their own. They peeled the bark off fir trees of a certain size and bore holes through them and sold them for pipes to carry water. The logs telescoped into each other and made a fine water main. Note said "pipes" in this photograph. the driver of the wagon in the photo center is John Hanson, brother of Rasmus Hanson. Also in the photograph are: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Halpin, with two children, Bill and Ida; Mrs. Loucks and daughter Mary; Katie Benn and her friend Lilly March, who became Mrs. A. B. Cook; Maggie Frank and Tom Benn. Tom is the young fisherman in the foreground. There was a log pond which was filled at high tide and the logs floated in from where they were drawn up a narrow gangway to the saw. The overflow from the wheel ran out to the beach on the other side.

Information was gleaned from the article in the ANACORTES AMERICAN newspaper, June 30, 1927 "Trials and Hardships of Anacortes Pioneer..Mrs. Mary Benn (by Sophie Walsh)"
Subjects unknown
Anacortes
Place Anacortes, WA
Object Name Print, Photographic