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Osceola in Polk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Mills

 
 
The Mills Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
1. The Mills Marker
Inscription. By 1845, the first sawmill was erected in Osceola. It stood two stories high and was capable of cutting 10,000 board feet every 24 hours. Approximately 35 million board feet were cut during its existence. It was located on Osceola Creek near the shores of the St. Croix River. In the fall of 1853, the first wheat raised in Polk County was ground in the Kent Brothers' new gristmill. The mill built above Cascade Falls, stood four stories tall and was propelled by an overshot wheel driven by water. It was the oldest mill still in operation in Polk County when it was destroyed by fire on the morning of July 5, 1880. Remnants of the mill still remain today.

Rivers, Rails & Trails

This is one of many interpretive signs in the River, Rails & Trails Heritage Area, a project funded in part by a Heritage Tourism grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Heritage Tourism.
 
Location. 45° 19.162′ N, 92° 42.368′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from North Cascade Street (State Highway 35) north of Osceola Road (State Highway 243), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is near 1st Street. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola WI 54020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Mills Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
2. The Mills Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cascade Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Osceola (within shouting distance of this marker); Geiger Brewery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Osceola Bluff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Osceola "Soo" Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Geology of the Taylors Falls Region (approx. 6 miles away in Minnesota); State Park Movement in Wisconsin (approx. 6.1 miles away); Interstate Park Centennial (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Osceola.
 
Also see . . .  About Osceola. (Submitted on April 2, 2009.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Above Cascade Falls Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
3. Above Cascade Falls

Water Turbine Wheel
Was installed in 1870. Replaced the 40' overshot wheel. It supplied 500 HP which powered the sawmill and the gristmill.
[The foundation of the mill can be seen in the right background of the photo.]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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