Machinery removal marks start of Minden Flour Mill conversion distillery |

Machinery removal marks start of Minden Flour Mill conversion distillery

Staff Report
The Minden mill is the site of the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery being developed by businessman Christopher Bently.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Today, Bently Enterprises starts the removal of historic machinery from the more than 100-year-old Minden Flour Mill Building, soon to become Bently Heritage Estate Distillery.

During the spring and summer of 2014 the 25-30 pieces of machinery inside the Mill Building were meticulously cataloged, and photographed. There are more than 1,000 photos of the equipment. Additionally, floor plans were created showing the exact location of the machinery inside the building.

Bently Enterprises is working closely with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, and an industrial archeologist specializing in historic flour mills. Most of the equipment still has the product and patent information visible, which will allow them to glean the explanation of the use for each piece in the milling process.

The machinery will be stored during the renovation of the Heritage District. Once construction is finished, some of the equipment pieces will be on display.

Removal of the historic equipment will take 3-4 weeks. The Bently Heritage distillery construction is anticipated to begin in April 2015.

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