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< on 10/9/2007 9:31 PM >
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I was reading upon the information you have on this place and the owner who bought the Place was David Dick not Donald dick and the new owner now is his son Arthur Dick as David passed away in 2002. I could tell you more about this place and a few people i know of who have died there believed to have died there.


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< Reply # 1 on 9/7/2009 6:32 PM >
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Visited there recently with the GF and some cameras(will post when I've processed them). We only had time to visit the mill, and it is amazing. If you want to go, park in the boat launch area(there are plenty of spaces and your car will not stand out) and wander across the street. There are a couple of paths in the grass from the many people who wander down there and you can just follow one. The side door is wide open and the floorboards near the back are reasonably solid(I could jump and only shake the building some.

We wandered around outside for a bit, the burning tower looks amazing but I did not have the shoes to cross the stream over to it. Then we went inside for a while. Upon entering the side door you immediately have some large open space to view. The floor here is really solid(not too much sun or water). You can venture about 30 feet in, and turn right to get a great view out the back. If you walk to the back wall and turn left and walk another 20 feet you find a set of stairs up. These stairs were solid and supported us without any worries. The upstairs is amazing, and if you walk towards the front/road along the right hand side(on a beam) there are workshops and other sights. At the front there are two picnic tables that someone has put in there for some reason.

We returned down and out using the same path. Nowhere else really felt safe in there, as the front of the mill is effected by the mist from the dam/falls and the back has sun rot in many places. We headed out and walked around front to the dam. There are some neat views from here, but again we could not cross the water(not deep, just hiking boots that I did not want to have to wear wet all the way home).

One more lap around the place from shore to shore and we found a few places to go under the structure that were dry or had stones to step on. These gave a great view if the structure and there is a lot of hardware just hanging out underneath, broken. We we running out of time and headed out and up to the road.

This is where it actually got interesting. You see, Balaclava is not a ghost town anymore. There are 2, maybe 3 houses occupied in the town and I suspect the house southwest of the mill(across the road) is not impressed with the traffic that the area gets. A man who was out doing yard work stared at us as we left the mill area and started yelling at us. We tried to stay calm and just leave(that was our plan anyway) but unfortunately I pissed him off with a comment I made.(He stated is said no trespassing, I stated I did not see any signs where I went(true) and he asked if I was playing dumb. I said it was working for me and that pissed him off.) While I suspect he was pissed anyway, he came running down as I got in my car and threatened me with a rock(to the car or my body I'm not sure as I was getting in). We left at that point and while I heard no more the still made gestures that implied he was going to injure me.

The best part, is that there were people up the street we had seen as we were leaving who were looking at the old blacksmith shop and store. I really hope that guy went home and fumed, but I don't know.

Anyway, we went south to look at the abandoned ski hill, but were to worked up to do anything so we headed home.

Does anyone have a contact number for the owner? I would love to get permission(signed) to go photograph that place in the winter, it would be amazing but I need to deal with possible trouble in the face to the neighbor.

/me = Geek with a Camera and Free Time


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< Reply # 2 on 9/16/2009 12:37 PM >
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Your actions that day probably closed any chance of anyone else getting in to see this location.


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< Reply # 3 on 10/6/2009 10:07 PM >
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Just noticed this now. I went there on Sunday. There was a bunch of cars at the house across from the mill, and someone sitting in the backyard. We only looked in through a hole in the door of the mill, and walked down the street a bit. Then it started raining, and my camera is definitely not weather sealed so that was that. Kind of a letdown, but pretty neat nonetheless. I recommend checking out Foymount if you're in the area.

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