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Mountain Industry—Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains

Settlers used tub mills to grind corn at home, but tub mills were only capable of processing a bushel of corn each day. Harnessing water power, some enterprising residents of Cades Cove built water driven mills to grind grain in large amounts and receive payment for their efforts.

However, payments was not always hard coin money. The miller might be paid a portion of the flour, meal or some other form of barter for the service provided.

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