Skunk River: Fertile Mill
William Rhodes migrated to Worth County, Iowa in 1852 at the age of nineteen. He settled on a mill site on the banks of the Winnebago River, laid a dam across the river, and built a saw mill. Twelve years later he replaced the saw mill with this two and a half story flour mill, capable of grinding fifty barrels of flour a day.
Koenigsmark Mill, Waterloo, Illinois
In 1884,Thomas Koenigsmark bought the site of an old steam mill at the foot of Mill Street in Waterloo, Illinois. There he built a new steam mill and elevator. He incorporated the wheat bins within the brick mill, and later added a wooden elevator next to the mill.
Motor Mill: Communia, Iowa
Jack Thompson claimed a mill site on the Turkey River in Clayton County, Iowa with the intention of building the town of Motor. He completed the mill in 1869. Thompson's dream of a thriving town died when a siege of chinch bugs destroyed the Iowa wheat crop.
Sawyer, McCraken & Company Mill: Nashville, Illinois
Sawyer and McCraken built a five story steam in 1867 in Nashville, the seat of Washington County, Illinois. They outfitted it with six run of stones capable of producing five hundred barrels of flour a day. Until the turn of the twentieth century, when they built the metal-clad elevator, they stored their grain on the top stories of the mill.
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