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Mills: Pickwick Mill

Location: Winona Co. Hwy. 7, Pickwick, Winona County
Built: 1854
Builder: Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis
Listed on NRHP: September 22, 1970

One of the oldest existing waterpower gristmills in southeastern Minnesota, the Pickwick Mill operated for more than 120 years. Originally constructed as a combined gristmill and sawmill on Big Trout Creek, the mill ran 24 hours a day during the Civil War, producing 100 barrels of flour daily for the Union Army. After the war it became a flour-milling center for much of southern Minnesota and parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. In the late 19th century, the mill's French stone burrs (grinding stones) were replaced by a more efficient roller mill operation. After World War I, the flour mill converted to feed milling and remained in operation until 1978.

Built of locally quarried limestone, with a timber frame so closely fitted that nails were not used, the six-story building was severely damaged in 1907 when a tornado took off the roof and top storage room. Initially retrofitted with a flat plank roof, it was recently restored with a gable roof reminiscent of the original design. Today the mill is administered as a historic site by the Pickwick Mill Association.

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