Abandoned Feed Mill Pt II, 3 pics

After my last post, I found a National Register of Historical Places registration form for the Richfield Milling Company.  The city of Richfield, in Stanley County, North Carolina, was founded in the late 1800’s by the Ritchie family, German immigrants who originally named the community as Ritchie’s Field.  Corn and other agricultural products was the economic engine for most rural southeastern counties.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 1
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 1

The Yakin Railroad was completed in 1891 between Salisbury and Norwood, with the newly charted town of Ritchie’s Mill as a stop just before Albermarle – the county seat.  A few years later the city name was changed to Richfield.  The railroad enabled growth in the county of agricultural manufacturing enterprises.  In 1910, the Richfield Milling Company was founded, which provided local farmers with flour, corn meal, and livestock feed.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 2
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 2

Later, the railroad also brought in grain from outside the county to be processed.  Consequently, the mill grew to supply the local community, and to ship product by train to other communities.  In 1950, the mill converted to exclusively animal feed production.  By the 1980, the mill produced poultry feed for local farms and the Ralston Purina company.  The mill closed in 1990.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 5
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 5

I used my standard b&w workflow to process these images, which includes an emulation of Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Click on an image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.

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