The next morning, Salem held even more fun when, on the advice of our innkeeper, we visited the Mission Mill Museum. Historical early structures have been gathered here on the site of the original weaving mill that pre-dates Pendleton. We had to forego touring the houses due to time but got a personalized tour of the mill by the head guide who had keys and could make the loom run (fast and loud-my hearing would not have lasted a shift!) He was only running one loom, in operation, twelve would have been going at the same time-without earplugs….We had about 45 minutes before we needed to start driving south, he gave us a dynamic, vibrant hour, and could have kept our interest for four hours.
On that day of the trip, I was partial to the Hipstamatic app with the John S lens and Big Up film. After taking a couple of shots with the native camera I quickly shifted. I like to use Hipstamatic when I am inside using natural light. It handles that situation in an intriguing way and throws a nice random frame around each shot. I very seldom post-process Hipstamatic shots because I usually think their fun serendipity is enough. Here they are in the order I shot them.
A single thread went through each heddle. Threaded by children prior to child labor laws. If one broke, they were also responsible for repair, dashing between moving parts. They worked long hours without breaks.
Spindles and machines.
Bucolic, however, this is downstream where all the dyes and soaps from post processing the wool was dumped.
We were so glad we had the time to see this museum and then we jumped in the car and hightailed it for Jacksonville and an evening performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” in Ashland.