Warner, Solomon, House and Mill - Tucson, AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member leadhiker
N 32° 12.834 W 110° 59.291
12S E 501113 N 3564145
The ruins of Warner's two story mill at the base of A Mountain, was built in 1875 as a flower mill, tore down in 1929 as unsafe for children to play in.
Waymark Code: WM8PYK
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 04/30/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 12

Solomon Warner, a pioneer merchant who came to Tucson in 1856, constructed a two-story flour mill here in 1875. To the south, he built a dam across the Santa Cruz River, creating a small lake. From there, a flume ran along the base of the mountain feeding the raceway and waterwheel which turned two sets of heavy millstones capable of grinding about 100 bushels of locally grown wheat a day. A small stamp mill, powered by the same waterwheel, was used to crush ore from Warner's mines.

The ruins of the mill which now stand on the west bank of the Santa Cruz river, where, at that time, the village was located in what is now the southwestern part of the city, from time immemorial "Old Tucson," and within the old walls erected by Padre Garces for the protection of the inhabitants against the incursions of the Apaches. Life in this far country was not ideal; lurking foes lay in wait to ambush the traveller at every turn of the trail. The murderous Apache, and the Mexican outlaw, rivalled each other in their deeds of pillage, robbery and slaughter.

All that is left of the mill are bushes, and beer cans. The walls are from an abandoned rock quarry north of A Mountain. These types of rocks are found all over Tucson. Many of Tucson's many historic structures have these rocks as walls, including the early buildings at the U of A.
Street address:
350 S. Grand Ave
Tucson, AZ

County / Borough / Parish: Pima

Year listed: 1976

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Domestic, Industry/Processing/Extraction

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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