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The story of the "Russell Brook Water Wheel."

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Tucked away at the upper most end of Russell Brook Campsites stands a piece of historic treasure. A 28 foot high by 8 foot wide water wheel built in the early 1900's by Goerge I Treyz. This water wheel played an important part in running the wood chemical plants (also owned by Goerge Treyz) located in Cooks Falls and Horton by providing electric power. A man by the name of Melvin Parks was in charge of the Treyz business for many years. Mr. Parks recalled that Mr.Treyz did not like to see coal wasted at the Horton and Cooks Falls plants by running the steam power there unnecessarily. It therefore became Mr. Parks' job to walk up Russell Brook and turn on the water power at the two company owned lakes (Mud & Trout ponds). To obtain proper head pressure, the water had to be turned on five hours before start-up. Once enough force of water was at the water wheel, it began to move the wheel which made the gears turn to rotate a belt system which allowed the generator to create power. The electric lines followed the brook into Cooks Falls and Horton where the power was used. The old water wheel is still standing today for everyone to see. A reminder of how things were at Russell Brook.

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