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Elkins in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

The Darden Mill

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, July 30, 2021
1. The Darden Mill Marker
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Originally a grain mill, the Darden Mill was an important part of the industrial railyard.

Built in 1902 by the Elkins Milling company, the steam-powered roller miller was converted to electric in 1910. Product such as flour, cereals, and animal freed were shipped by rail. Ralph Darden operated the mill as the Darden Company (DARCO) selling feed and supplies from 1919 to 1943. After a fire in 1937 destroyed the upper floor, the building was repaired to the shape you see today.

The original timber-framed posts and beams are visible in the Mill. The building was rescued from demolition in 2003 by Citizens for Historical Opportunity, Preservation, and Education in Randolph County (C-HOPE), which rehabilitated the structure. The restored historic building now plays its part in the transition of the railyard from industrial to tourism and community use.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 38° 55.444′ N, 79° 51.066′ 
The Darden Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, July 30, 2021
2. The Darden Mill Marker
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W. Marker is in Elkins, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 2nd St, Elkins WV 26241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working the Railyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad Builds Elkins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War in West Virginia (about 500 feet away); Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away); H.W. Daniels Post No. 29 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Gassaway Davis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen Benton Elkins / Halliehurst (approx. 0.4 miles away); All Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkins.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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