Collins Axe Company Mill, Connecticut

I like mills. I’ve always loved the aesthetics of brick, plank wood flooring, and huge windows and I’ve always loved old factories and warehouses. There’s something about old industrial landscapes beyond the interest in history and the beauty of the architecture that really attract me; I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is about them that I love but I just do. Driving through old mill towns and industrial centers in New England is thus always a treat.

On my way back from Enders State Forest I passed though the borough of Collinsville, home to the mill complex that housed the old Collins Axe Company, a world-renowned maker of all things metal and blade. Unfortunately the historical museum was closed that day so I didn’t learn much of anything about the town or the mills but I was honestly captivated more by the beauty of the old mills and factories there anyway so I was happy just to walk around. I walked part way down the River Trail which crosses an old rail bridge spanning the Farmington River before doubling back and walking along Bridge Street. I took many, many pictures.

Just before entering Collinsville I came across a beautiful farm as well; that picture is also below.

Farm along the road, Canton, Connecticut

Farm along the road, Canton, Connecticut

Mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Peak through the brush to mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Peak through the brush to mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill complex with sluiceway in front, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill complex with sluiceway in front, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Outbuildings in mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Outbuildings in mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Converted rail bridge and mill buildings, Collinsville, Connecticut

Converted rail bridge and mill buildings, Collinsville, Connecticut

View of the Farmington River from old rail bridge, Collinsville, Connecticut

View of the Farmington River from old rail bridge, Collinsville, Connecticut

Looking up through the trusses of the old rail bridge, Collinsville, Connecticut

Looking up through the trusses of the old rail bridge, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill complex, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Mill, Collins Axe Company, Collinsville, Connecticut

Powerhouse station, Collinsville, Connecticut

Powerhouse station, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill with the dammed Farmington River in the foreground, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill with the dammed Farmington River in the foreground, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill from next to powerhouse station, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill from next to powerhouse station, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill, Collinsville, Connecticut

Collinsville Axe Company Mill, Collinsville, Connecticut