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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: 7/8/2016 5:31:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMRMFN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

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.
Current Status: Still In Use

Current Use: Museum and tourist attraction

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