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Park Rapids in Hubbard County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Rice Flour Mill Grindstones

 
 
Rice Flour Mill Grindstones Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2022
1. Rice Flour Mill Grindstones Marker
Inscription.  
These two grindstones from the Rice Flour Mill became historical finds from the October 1982 flooding when the Fish Hook River rose 5 inches.

The Rice Brothers (Franklin and Gilbert) came to Park Rapids in about 1880 and one year later located a mill on the Fish Hook River. Their water-powered sawmill turned out rough lumber that helped settlers in building and their gristmill produced flour for the settlers and feed for their horses.

Grinding of grains is possible with a "bed stone" and a "runner stone" suspended at the right height above the "bed stone". The miller adjusted the "runner stone's" height according to the grain that is being ground and the speed at which the water wheel is turning.

The grinding faces of the millstones could be sharpened or "dressed". This person was called a stone-dresser. A picklike hand tool called a "mill bill" was used to deepen the furrows or grooves of the stone.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
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55.205′ N, 95° 3.817′ W. Marker is in Park Rapids, Minnesota, in Hubbard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Court Avenue and 3rd Street West, on the right when traveling south. Marker and grindstone exhibit are located near the northeast corner of the Hubbard County Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids MN 56470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Legend of St. Urho (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Early Entrepreneurs.
Among Park Rapids’ earliest settlers was F.C. Rice who said when he first saw Park Rapids there was one solitary log house, built where Main Street is now and between 1st and 2nd Streets. This “claim shanty” belonged to C.O. “Charles” Todd, who filed the original townsite of Park Rapids in 1879. Todd later relinquished his rights to F.C. Rice. Rice also conducted the first 4th of July celebration in Park Rapids in 1881 and suggested the name for the town on that occasion.
(Submitted on September 18, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Rice Flour Mill Grindstones Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2022
2. Rice Flour Mill Grindstones Marker
(Hubbard County Historical Museum in left background)
Rice Flour Mill Grindstones image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2022
3. Rice Flour Mill Grindstones
(Hubbard County Historical Museum in background)
Rice Flour Mill Grindstones image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2022
4. Rice Flour Mill Grindstones
Hubbard County Historical Museum (<i>former County Courthouse</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2022
5. Hubbard County Historical Museum (former County Courthouse)
(marker is located near right [northeast] corner of building)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 655 times since then and 422 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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