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Jasper City Mill

This is the Jasper City Mill in Jasper, IN. It sits on the south bank of the Patoka River and is a working grist mill, grinding corn and making cornmeal to sell in its Country Store. (We bought some and made some cornbread with it!) There also is a functioning 25-foot diameter water wheel, and its workings are easy for visitors to observe. This newly built mill was completed in 2009 and is the third mill to occupy this site. The second mill was torn down in 1964 due to flood damage.

Here are some facts about the mill:

  • During the 1870’s flour was shipped by flatboat down the Patoka River to the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and as far south as New Orleans, LA.
  • The old mill’s most famous visitor was young Abraham Lincoln, who came with his father, Thomas, in 1828 to grind the family’s grain.
  • The Jasper City Mill incorporates features of the two earlier mills, including a water-powered wheel and grindstones.
  • The mill stones are originally from France and are approximately 200 years old.
  • The waterwheel hub and gears were obtained from a mill in Virginia and are 120-150 years old.
  • The wood added to the waterwheel hub weighs approximately 5 tons.

6 responses

  1. A great piece of history. How was the cornbread?

    November 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM

  2. Magpie

    This is too cool! It’s like living history. The efficiency but simplicity of the design is timeless. How was the corn bread?

    November 18, 2011 at 8:14 AM

  3. Cool photo and facts! Happy weekend – I love and miss you lots! xxoo 🙂

    November 18, 2011 at 8:20 AM

  4. oh fascinating…a working mill…what a treat to visit…..

    November 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

  5. Looks like an interesting tour! It’s nice to see that some things can still be made the old fashioned way.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

  6. Great post and photos.

    November 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM