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Pickwick Mill – Winona, MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 43° 58.822 W 091° 29.791
15T E 620580 N 4870790
Quick Description: When Pickwick Flour Mill was still being constructed, it was named by Mary Davis after reading Charles Dickens’ novel, Pickwick Papers.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2016 12:59:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMRMB4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
When Pickwick Flour Mill was still being constructed, it was named by Mary Davis after reading Charles Dickens’ novel, Pickwick Papers. The building was completed 1858 and reaches 6 stories high. It was built with local limestone on the outside, while native woods were used for the interior, all timbers notched rather than nailed. The mill would process 100 barrels of flour a day from locally grown wheat which was then shipped by rail to eastern U.S., South America and Europe. In the late 1800’s Pickwick Mill upgraded its milling process to include new roller mill technology.

The mill was threatened by the 1980 flood, and the dam and spillway were destroyed. Rather than demolishing the historical facility, local citizens purchased the mill and formed the Pickwick Mill Incorporated to restore the mill, dam, and spillway. The mill is open to the public and shares how the machinery ran in the hay-day of milling; the 20’ water wheel still runs, the millstones still turn, and displays on each floor will awaken the imagination of visitors.
Street address:
Co. Hwy. 7
Winona, MN USA


County / Borough / Parish: Winona

Year listed: 1970

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Industry, Agriculture, Architecture

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction

Current function: Museum

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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