Coop Rice Mill – a village landmark

May 27, 2009 at 5:37 am 3 comments

Old Coop Rice Mill through fenceThe Vergenoegen Coop Rice Mill as photographed through the eastern fence. The front of the rice mill had looked much different but it was redesigned at the start of this century since the previous height was unsafe in heavy winds which would rip out the zinc sheets which serve as the walls. This mill is a village landmark like no other. Prior to the establishment of the Two Brothers Gas Station in the early 1990s and in the days before road signs this mill is what would let those passing through the village know that they are in Vergenoegen. People would tell travelers to look for the rice mill and they’d know they are in Vergenoegen. The side of the building is clearly visible from the highway. Many had said that it looked like a huge wall of grey concrete but it is, of course, all zinc. The rice mill has been receiving serious competition from the newly established Two Brothers Rice Mill on the opposite side of the highway and it has been facing difficult times ever since. The genip tree though remains flourishing.

Imran Khan photo. May 26th 2009

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Entry filed under: Buildings of Vergenoegen, Photos of Vergenoegen.

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  • 1. Doves at Paddy Shell « Vergenoegen  |  May 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

    […] Paddy Shell gets its name because it is an area where the rice grain shells are discarded by the Coop Rice Mill. Paddy Shell is located just south of the Coop Rice Mill. Along with the shells bits of the rice […]

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  • […] hub A popular and vital service hub on the East Bank Essequibo, Vergenoegen also accommodates two rice mills, a saw mill, a land development office, a health center, a village office, a gas station, a bakery […]

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  • 3. Unremarkable Vergenoegen « Vergenoegen  |  June 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    […] It takes years of practice to achieve perfection. And if I ever get a lung disease, I know which rice factory to […]

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