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Notes on the Geography of Austria : Oetztaler Outdoor Museum

The Oetztaler flows north from the Italian border to join the Inn; since 1969 there's been a road up the hill and over the top of the Timmelsjoch Pass.

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Down at the base of the valley there's some flat land, generally in pastures.  Freestanding Catholic churches are common.

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Hay is stacked around stakes that are themselves neatly arranged for safekeeping.

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Cows need water; troughs need filling.  It's only appropriate that a cow should do the work.

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The trough is near a folk museum, one of many in Austria.

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How does the water come to the cow?  Through a pipeline of pencil-cored logs.

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Carpentry shop and house. 

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Stairs to carpentry shop.

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Top floor of house, with door to flower-rimmed balcony.

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The massive stove that heats the house.

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Hearth.

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Behind the house is a large barn filled with implements.

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Stalls.

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Far upstream, a diversion channel is turned off for the moment.

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There are many diversion points, mostly for mills.

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Mill race.

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Water running toward an overshot wheel.

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The power's off.

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A high-speed wheel.

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The water returns to the creek.

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Inside one of the mills, a water wheel sets this wheel spinning to create vertical motion.

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Directly above, a saw.

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Another mill, for grain.

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A mill to beat flax.

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From the hillside looking back to the flats.


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