The American Cane Mill: A History of the Machines, the Manufacturers, Sugar Cane and Sorghum

The American Cane Mill: A History of the Machines, the Manufacturers, Sugar Cane and Sorghum

by Don Howard Dean
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786459794

ISBN-13: 9780786459797

Pub. Date: 04/14/2010

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786459797
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/14/2010
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Bill Outlaw     1
Preface and Acknowledgments     3
Part I
The Syrup Canes     11
History of the Roller Cane Mill     35
Part II
Manufacturers of American Cane Mills     53
Bibliography     333
Index     339

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