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Photography by Tony Triolo

A Mill Fitting of Tinseltown

Old Mill of Little Rock

The Old Mill in North Little Rock

On the way back from Little Rock, Arkansas this past weekend, I stopped to photograph the Old Mill, a replica of an old water-powered grist mill.  Built in 1933, it was constructed to commemorate the memory of Arkansas’s pioneers.  It is not a reproduction of any once-existing mill, but was built to represent the style of the early mills of that era.  Built to look abandoned – absent of doors and windows as mills built in the early 1800’s would look by the 1930s due to decay and vandalism.

In 1939, David Selznick chose the Old Mill to use in the opening scenes of the movie, Gone With the Wind.  It is thought to be the only structure that survives from the making of that film. The mill was honored on the fiftieth anniversary of the movie and was the site of the unveiling of the GWTW commemorative postage stamp.

The mill was designed and engineered by a German immigrant named Frank Carmean.  The detail work, including the extensive concrete work made to look like wood, iron or stone was done by southwestern artist and sculptor, Dionico Rodriguez.

Today, the mill is used as the site of over 200 weddings and other events annually.  It is one of the most photographed places in central Arkansas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | Architecture, Arkansas, Little Rock, Mills, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments