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Weston in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Weston Grist Mill

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2019
1. Weston Grist Mill Marker
Inscription.  President Brigham Young directed Mariner W. Merrill to explore new town sites. Out of Merrill's survey, several families from Richmond, Utah crossed the Bear River on April 15, 1865, and settled in the Weston area. The first dugouts were constructed in the Meadows of Cedarville.
The very next year, 1866, a grist mill was constructed by James Mack on Weston Creek south of the present town site. This new mill's location resulted in the relocation of the proposed town. Rock were hauled from Cedar Hills to construct the new mill. Mack acquired machinery for the mill from Thatcher's in Logan. The grist mill used 3 1/2 foot stone burrs to grind grain, a small grain cleaner, two stands of elevators, and one centrifugal reel. Mack also installed a 13 1/4 foot James Leffel turbine that had been freighted to the west in 1859.
Building of the grist mill launched the new town of Weston. It was the only mill on the west side of Bear River. For many years, the mill operated 24 hours per day to meet the consumptive needs of Weston Oxford, Clifton, Dayton, Clarkston and Cornish. Weston was also located on the "gold road" to mines in northern Idaho
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2019
2. Weston Grist Mill Marker
and Montana. Weston settlers shipped flour and other food items northward. The town quickly became a shipping center and was additionally enhanced when the railroad came to Weston in 1890.
The mill was often remodeled over the next 100 years, and it also changed owners several times.The mill operated in a modernized world with steel rollers and advance technology but it could survive for very long in the post World War II Era.
 
Erected 2011 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Lone Rock Camp. (Marker Number 561.)
 
Location. 42° 1.919′ N, 111° 58.328′ W. Marker is in Weston, Idaho, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd South and South 3rd Street East on East 2nd South. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 255 East 2nd South, Weston ID 83286, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weston Pioneers (approx. half a mile away); Dayton, Idaho (approx. 5.8 miles away); Oneida Stake Academy (approx. 6.7 miles away); Pioneer Ferry and Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Preston's First Schoolhouse (approx. 7.2 miles away); Pass of the Standing Rock (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named Pass of the Standing Rock
Weston Grist Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2019
3. Weston Grist Mill Marker
(approx. 7.9 miles away); Bear River Massacre Monument (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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