Bevandingsmøller Ballummarsken 2004
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Water for the marshland animals

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In 1775, the farmers in Ballum acquired their own land. Yet more than 60 years passed before the farmers moved out of the village to Ballum Enge. In 1836, the plot owners made their own plan for dividing up the land and people began to dig ditches and build bridges and…

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Taming nature's forces

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Time / Periode 1836
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In 1842, 48 farms in Ballum banded together to build two pump mills and maintain the meadows. To mark the occasion, they bought two books of paper" bound and lined at the printer's in Ribe. These accounts have survived and show that the marshland farmers were kept quite busy. The winter storms and ice floods tore up the fence posts and washed the bridges away. It all had to be repaired. Once a year, the stakeholders in Ballum Enge held a meeting called Grande. The farmers appointed a mill attendant once a year, too. He was to ensure that the water from the pump mills was drained off through a system of open ditches to each individual field. In 1890, the old mills were replaced with new iron mills. When the Ballum-Astrup Dike was built in 1914-19, it caused a flood of relief - now flooding was a thing of the past. "

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Taming nature's forces

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