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The southern agricultural landscape is enriched by the occasional sighting of an old cane mill. Now reposing after a lifetime of labor, these mills were once the center of activity for numerous families each fall as juice was squeezed from the cane, evaporated in a kettle or evaporator pan, and converted into syrup for home use or cash income. Now these grand old machines sit rusting behind weather-beaten barns, abandoned in pastures, entangled in vines, or stored unceremoniously in decrepit sheds, their history all but forgotten.
This work gives a full history of the American cane mill, including an in-depth look at the people who designed these machines and the foundries that manufactured them. A discussion of the agricultural origins of sugar cane and sorghum is followed by a manufacturing history of the roller cane mill and earlier syrup extraction devices. The majority of the book is then devoted to the histories of over 150 American foundries that manufactured cane mills, with hundreds of photographs and other illustrations.
Foreword Bill Outlaw Outlaw, Bill 1
Preface and Acknowledgments 3
1 The Syrup Canes 11
2 History of the Roller Cane Mill 35
3 Manufacturers of American Cane Mills 53