Some of the History of the Dells Mill and Museum. The mill will be 150 years old in 2014.
The Dells Mill was built in 1864 as a grist mill. Farmers met and had their grinding done because it was a time and a place for social interaction and conversation.
Historical article: Dells Mill Sixty-Five Years Old from the Augusta Union Newspaper, November 29, 1929,author unknown, transcribed from the Wisconsin Historical Society archives the article is a link to the Augusta Wisconsin site history pages. Additional historical articles are also available on the site
Also see the personal site page Remembering of the Dells Mill, The Dells School and the Dells Mill Pond while growing up in the 1950s
Come Visit the Dells Mill Museum
From the Wisconsin Historical Marker Plaque at the Wisconsin Dells Mill in Augusta Wisconsin
The Dells Mill
Water-Powered grist mills ground the wheat that dominated Wisconsin's Civil War-era economy. Built in 1864, the mill was one of the server serving area farmers. After wheat production moved westward, owners adapted the building to mill flour and grind feed.
A trip to the Dells mill could be an all-day family affair. Farmers often fished the millpond to pass the time. The millpond also provided a source for the winter ice harvest. A store, hotel, and school grew up nearby to serve the growing community
Creating a mill pond required the building of a dam to flood upstream land. The Wisconsin Territorial Legislature enacted legislation enabling dam construction in 1840.
Built along the dells of Bridge Creek, the base of the mill was carved into the sandstone bedrock. massive hand-hewn timbers secured with wooden pegs make up the structure of the Mill. Water turbines powered the milling process. A concrete dam replaced the original log structure in 1919. Dells Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, operated continuously until 1968
the Wisconsin Historical Society
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