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Metamora in Franklin County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Metamora Grist Mill

 
 
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By TeamOHE, September 21, 2019
1. Metamora Grist Mill Marker
Inscription.  In 1845, Jonathan Banes built a three-story frame cotton mill, known as Metamora Cotton Factory, on this site. Banes, a former contractor on the canal, converted the cotton factory to a flouring mill in 1856, and sold the mill to John Curry in 1857.

Over the next several years the mill was operated by various owners and was known first as Hoosier Mills and later as Crescent Mills. The original mill was destroyed by a fire in 1899 and was rebuilt in 1900. Following a second fire in 1932, it was converted to the present two-story brick building.

In 1946, the State of Indiana purchased a 14-mile section of the Whitewater Canal, including the mill, as a state historic site.

Today the mill grinds both white and yellow corn into corn meal and grits, and wheat into whole wheat flour and cereal. The millstones are powered by the 12-foot breast water wheel in the canal behind the mill.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 39° 26.811′ 

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By Courtesy:: Visit Indiana, August 15, 2009
2. Metamora Grist Mill
The marker can be seen on the brick wall behind the people sitting under the 'over-hang' at the Grist Mill - picnic tables.
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N, 85° 8.186′ W. Marker is in Metamora, Indiana, in Franklin County. Marker is on Main Street (a.k.a. Pennington Road) west of Banes Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in South side of Metamora. You will enter town on Columbia Street - cross over bridge. Turn right and follow canal to mill - a few short blocks from the bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Metamora IN 47030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Wheel & Lock #25 (within shouting distance of this marker); Passenger Pigeon Extinction (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carriage House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Franklin III (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jonathan Banes House (about 400 feet away); Canal Front Dry Goods Store (about 400 feet away); Odd Fellows Hall (about 400 feet away); Farmers Bank (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metamora.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Metamora, Indiana - 1838 Canal Town. Town site. (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
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By TeamOHE, September 21, 2019
3. Metamora Grist Mill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   2. submitted on July 23, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   3. submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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