September 15, 1845: Earlier in the year, 5,000 women cotton mill workers in and around Pittsburgh go on strike for a 10-hour day and an end to child labor. Months into the strike, hundreds marched on the Blackstock Mill, one of the largest in the area. The women broke down the factory's gates and forcibly expelled the scabs, while the men who accompanied them kept the police at bay.
At the end of the 19th century there were more than 500 operational grist mills in West Virginia, USA. Now most of them have either vanished back in to the environment or are idle beside the rushing streams that once powered them. This is Glade Creek Grist Mill. You can see more of this beautiful working mill here www.naturalhomes.org/gladecreekmill.htm