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du Pont

Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1800-1829DateCreated: 1803-1921Brandywine RiverWilmingtonState: DEZip: 19807Country: USAWebsite:, du Pont, Eleuthère Irénéé
Founded by Eleuthère Irénéé du Pont (1771-1834), the Brandywine River Mills became the largest maker of explosive black powder in the United States. That success resulted directly from the firm's pioneering use of gunpowder processing machinery driven by water wheels and water turbines.
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-SA 2.0)Image Caption: On of the waterwheels belonging to the Brandywine River Powder MillsEra_date_from: 1803
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