Pre-Steam: What is it?

Before there was steam… What did we do when work needed to be done?

What beast of burden shouldered the strain of our need for progress?

What is this ‘creation’ that you see in the picture?

Take a guess… or two… or three… and let’s see if you know your ‘pre-steam’ technology.

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2 Responses to Pre-Steam: What is it?

  1. Seth says:

    it’s a mill of some type. I’m thinking grain but possibly a press for crushing olives or some type of fruit.

  2. captain says:

    Ahh… a good guess indeed! Pretty darn close!

    It’s called an arrastra… a mill to grind ore. Eventually, they became steam powered.

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