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Old 08-07-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Question Holmes Lake, Mill/Factory/Still ????

I was wondering if anybody knows the history of the old foundation on the hike into Holmes Lake? I have heard it was a broomstick factory or even possibly an old Still to a Tannery. I have tried to contact the Bleeker Historical society with no luck. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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Hopper: I have seen the remnants of which you speak, but can't shed any light on its history. I always thought it was left over from some lumber camp, but then again, haven't seen that sort of foundation at other logging camp sites.
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
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Old thread, I know, but in case anyone in the future was curious (as I was this after hiking there recently) about the foundation before Holmes Lake, found in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest Management Plan dated 2006.

"A large sawmill and woodworking factory (Holsted and Ward) operated
from about 1900 to 1920 on a site 0.4 of a mile north of the Holmes Lake trailhead. The numerous cement piers which supported the mill and other remains can be seen in close proximity to the trail. Just before reaching Holmes Lake there evidence of an old clearing with a few scattered apple trees and stone walls. This location, now growing up with young trees, was the location of a boarding facility for the 24 people who worked in the sawmill and spindle factory."
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:43 PM   #4
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Better late than never! Great info

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