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January 2, 2010

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Our tour of the past continued today with a visit to the Mill City Museum. Not much has changed in a hundred years. In 1910 it was mostly automated, water turbines powered by gravity of falls turned wheels with belts strung throughout all 8 floors of building, a giant mechanical clatter which occasionally would chew up a hapless worker. 24/7, 3 shifts a day of perhaps no more than a dozen employees churning out millions of bags of flour. Today it's still automated, 8 floors of ghost-inhabited pantomime, you go up and down in a freight elevator and peek into various tableaux, from executive office to loading dock, no actors but projections and of course a simulated disaster. Fire!