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FITZ WATERWHEEL CO.- 12' OVERSHOT WATER WHEEL
1-Fitz Wheel after being replaced near the position it was found before renovation. 2-Wheel after restoration and grading. Note the stone race walls have been completely removed and the area landscaped. (See 14 below) 3-Side view. Wheel is on the north side of the building. 4 side view showing structural rivets on wheel 5-Detail of buckets.
6-Profile of wheel and long buckets. 7-Detail of Outer wheel hub. 8-Backside of hub. 9-Detail of one of eight center support struts.
10-Technical drawing of Fitz Water wheel. 11-Schematic of Power Distribution-North Elevation. 12 Schematic of Power Distribution-Front Elevation.
13-I believe this photo shows that an earlier water wheel was located as shown in caption. The metal Fitz wheel was a later modification as indicated by the new gear train arrangement and revised race. I believe the original race may have ran directly to the stream located to the rear of the building.14-View of flumes, reservoir, spillway (Fore bay) and wheel prior to demolition. Note the earlier cement work on the rear wall and location of wheel.15-Profile of reservoir and spillway. Note iron rail supporting reservoir tank.
16-Actual final payment receipt for the Fitz Water Wheel dated July 30, 1918. Image courtesy Sarah Marburger.