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Bambo Harris Grist Mill

 
 
Bambo Harris Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. Bambo Harris Grist Mill Marker
Inscription.
In c1795 Bambo Harris a freed black slave built and operated the first Water Driven gristmill in the area on Elk Creek. For fifty years his Millstones ground wheat and corn. A member of the Prairie Baptist Church, he was highly respected in the community. Bambo Harris lies at Rest in the Miltonville Cemetery.

Millstones donated by Charles Wesco & Family
 
Erected by Madison Township Board of Trustees.
 
Location. 39° 30.068′ N, 84° 27.634′ W. Marker is in Miltonville, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Elk Creek Road and Howe Road, on the right when traveling north on Elk Creek Road. Click for map. Marker is near the South Madison Township Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4398 Elk Creek Road, Middletown OH 45042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Miltonville (here, next to this marker); The Village of Trenton / The Elk Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Founder's Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Middletown Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter
Bambo Harris Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
2. Bambo Harris Grist Mill Marker
South Madison Township Fire station in background.
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Middletown World War II Memorial Chapel & Plaza (approx. 2.8 miles away); Middletown Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Butler County Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Bambo Harris Grist Mill. The Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority demolished Bambo Harris Homes, a c.1942 141-unit public housing project on Front Street in Hamilton, in 2007, due to widespread asbestos and lead paint.
 
Additional comments.
1. Bambo Harris' grave
Bambo Harris' grave is unmarked in the Miltonville Cemetery on Howe Road. If there was a stone at one time, it is possible that it was one near the church that was lost by fire in 1949. The fire destroyed many stones that were near the building.
    — Submitted March 21, 2011, by Larry Helton of Madison Twp., Butler County, Ohio.

 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Millstones at Bambo Harris Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
3. Millstones at Bambo Harris Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,811 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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