Milling the Harvest ï¿½2008
Dells Mill, Augusta, Wisconsin ~ circa 1890
Story; The summer's been long and hot and the work hard. As the season draws to an end, the harvest has begun. Bushels and bushels of corn, oats, and wheat will be prepared, stored and used over the winter. As the wagon loads of grain take their place in waiting to unload, the mill promises to be a busy place for months to come.
History: By the time the Civil War broke out in 1861, the establishment of a community on the Dells Mill site was well under way. The property consisted of 16 acres and contained "the mill, boarding house, school house and other buildings thereon." Of these, only the mill remains. The Dells Mill was operated as a flour and feed mill for over 100 years. The water from Bridge Creek was the only source of power ever used.
In 1894, the mill was purchased by the Clark family and has remained in their possession to this day.
In 1968, Dells Mill was converted into a museum although grinding is still done on special occasions.
The mill building itself is a 5 story structure built of hand hewed timbers and held together by wooden pegs. It contains 3,000 feet of belting and 175 pulleys, all powered by water. Open May 1st thru October 31st. It is located 4 miles north of Augusta on HWY 27.