Around Buchanan County, Iowa, July 2022

In a clockwise route, we explored various small towns in Buchanan County, starting in the northeast with Lamont, where we first spied this foundation above left behind but incorporated into a horse enclosure. There was also a half-flounder downtown on the main street, though I don’t know how old it was. Another sight was a…

Interior, Wapsipinicon Mill, Independence, Iowa

The interior of the Wapsipinicon Mill is very well preserved, and shows most of the original wood machinery that ground flour and functioned as other types of milling over the life of the building. Of particular interest was a board that had once faced the interior of a grain shoot that had been worn smooth…

Wapsipinicon Mill, Independence, Iowa

Occasionally, I kick myself for coming within one block or less of some amazing building and totally missing it. That is certainly the case of the historic Wapsipinicon Mill in Independence, Iowa, which I drove within about five hundred feet in 2011 and 2018 without even noticing. I corrected those mistakes this visit, and extensively…

Alley Spring Mill, Shannon County

Dating from 1893, Alley Spring Mill, or just Alley Mill, is one of the most picturesque places that I have found in Missouri. Deep in the woods of the southern part of the state in Shannon County, it sits near a spring, so the water is still a vibrant blue color when it flows through…

North Bank, St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis

The north bank of the Mississippi is where Pillsbury, yes that Pillsbury, had its mills and grain elevators. Much of its huge physical plant is now condos, and it is really a beautiful area today, much like we saw yesterday. The old tail race of the turbines is still there, showing the history of the…

Flour Mills, St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis

Yesterday, I looked at the Stone Arch Bridge, the centerpiece of Minneapolis’s revitalized riverfront in the center of the city. The St. Anthony Falls brought industry to the area, using the water to power mills. Many of the mills are still here, even if some have fallen into ruin. Instead of viewing the buildings as…

Hay Grain, Flour & Feed Mills.

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Cedar Hill Mill, Jefferson County

Cedar Hill Mill sits on a location that has held a mill since 1847. The current mill was constructed by the Radeacker family. Perhaps the most striking aspect of this mill is its precarious setting atop a riverbank, below a large dam that funneled water into the mill. The dam is now broken, probably intentionally…

Bollinger Mill Turbine Reservoir

Beneath the mill itself is one of the most unique spaces I have ever seen; instead of having a chute for the water to flow through, the water would simply fill up this reservoir, forcing water through the turbine. The whole space has an ethereal quality to it, and I can only imagine what it…