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Frankford Powder-Mill

The Frankford Powder-Mill is a historic gunpowder factory in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the time it was built in 1774 by Oswald Eve, it was the only such mill in the American colonies. Eve built his mill next to Frankford Creek, from which it drew its power.

When in the following year King George III banned shipments of gunpowder to the colonies, Eve was left with a monopoly on the commodity. The mill was the first American Powder Mill to supply the American Revolutionary War.

Before and during the early American Revolution it was operated by Eve, then by his son Oswell Eve, Jr., then by others.

This mill has a unique history of its own, just as other powder-mills also have a unique history of their own.

The building still stands but has long since been devoted to other uses.

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