“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Monroe City in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Pioneer Mill

Monroe Co.


Monroe City, Illinois

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1. Pioneer Mill Marker
Inscription.  The Pioneer Mill was a center of early commerce. Often its water wheel ran a saw mill as well as a grist mill. Mills operated at this site for over 100 years. Prior to the War of 1812, much flour was shipped to St.Louis and New Orleans, in the late 1700's Josiah Ryan built a mill nearby at Golden's Blockhouse. A short time later Andrew Kinney built the first mill here, powered by water gushing from the spring in the bluff. Early in the 1800's the James Family came, and Gen. Thomas James, author of "Three Years Among the Indians", built a new mill here in 1827. The stately home here was the James Residence; Monroe City was then known as James Mill, later the mill was owned by Garretson and Harlows, and then it was purchased by a Swiss emigrant, Gottlieb Ziebold. Changeover from water to steam power was made in 1851. In 1882 conversion from a grist to roller mill was made by George W. Ziebold and Young Charles Duryea, of Pioneer Auto Fame, supervised the installation. After Ziebolds moved their milling operations to Waterloo, other owners operated here until 1899, when an explosion and fire reduced it to ruins.
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By Thomas Smith, January 15, 2020
2. Pioneer Mill Marker
Location. 38° 15.222′ N, 90° 15.713′ W. Marker is near Monroe City, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on Baum Road just from Local Road KK, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5076 Baum Road, Waterloo IL 62298, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "James McRoberts and Mary his wife settled this place in the year of our Lord 1798"* (approx. 2.4 miles away); Maeystown (approx. 2 miles away); Village of Maeystown (approx. 2 miles away); St. John's First Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Village of Maeystown, Ill. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Salem-Baum Evangelical Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg (approx. 4.3 miles away); In Memory of Robert Kidd (approx. 6.7 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2020. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2019. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 30, 2019.   2. submitted on January 16, 2020, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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