Grist Mill


The waterwheel operated flour mill is a 1/3 scale replica that uses wooden gears to stone grind flour. Early mills were almost always built and supported by farming communities. Typically a percentage of each farmer’s grain called a “miller’s toll” was set aside for the miller in lieu of wages. Families came from as far away as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the mills in the Des Moines River Valley.

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Pictured above is a Clipper Fanning Mill which was used for cleaning grain. The picture below shows how gears worked to turn the grinding stones.

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These large mill grinding stones were found buried on the Lilleberg farm north of Jackson and donated to Fort Belmont for display.