“A” Mill Grain

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“A” Mill Grain

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 9, 2017

A group of charred wheat grains collected after the explosion of the Washburn "A" Mill, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2, 1878.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this grain in our collections database.