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Edinburgh in Johnson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Thompson Mill

 
 
Thompson Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 14, 2013
1. Thompson Mill Marker
Inscription.

- - - - 1826 - - - -

Built by James Thompson and Isaac Collier.

1850 - Thompson erected larger four-story brick mill. All flour used by Union Army during Civil War ground here.

After a fire in 1872, John A. Thompson, a son, built six-story brick mill. Flour shipped to all parts of U.S. Present dam built by Thompson of Indiana limestone, first stone dam in Midwest.

In WW I, Will Irwin of Columbus bought mill, generated electricity for Union Starch and Refining Co. Mill given to town and for a time electricity generated for town use. Mill was razed in 1957.
 
Erected 1976 by Edinburgh Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 39° 21.314′ N, 85° 58.608′ W. Marker is in Edinburgh, Indiana, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of Eisenhower Drive (Indiana Route 252) and West River Road (a.k.a.: West Center Cross Street) (Indiana Route 252), on the right when traveling east on Eisenhower Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edinburgh IN 46124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Blue River Township (approx. 1.4 miles away);
Wide View - Side A - - Thompson Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 14, 2013
2. Wide View - Side A - - Thompson Mill Marker
The marker sits next to one of the old Thompson Mill's 'water turbines'.
Nancy Kerlin Barnett (approx. 4.5 miles away but has been reported missing); William Merritt Chase (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lowell Mills (approx. 8 miles away); Atterbury Army Air Field (approx. 8.4 miles away); Home of Columbus Horatio Hall (approx. 9.4 miles away); Johnson County Court Houses (approx. 9.6 miles away); Johnson County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Video - - "Thompson Mill" (Courtesy: YouTube - Ardell Miller)::. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Other View - - Thompson Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 14, 2013
3. Other View - - Thompson Mill Marker
Side B - - Thompson Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 14, 2013
4. Side B - - Thompson Mill Marker
Thompson Mill - Dam image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 14, 2013
5. Thompson Mill - Dam
Across the street is this Thompson Mill Dam location. The Indiana limestone construction yet looks to be in excellent condition - holding the 'Big Blue River' water very well.
As per the Thompson Mill historical marker: "It is the first stone dam in the Midwest."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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