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Near Afton in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Bolles Flour Mill

 
 
Bolles Flour Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2008
1. Bolles Flour Mill Marker
Inscription. About 1843, six years before Minnesota became a territory, Lemuel Bolles erected on this creek the first commercial flour mill in the Minnesota country. Bolles salvaged wood from the shore of Lake St. Croix and carried it on his back to the mill site a mile and a half upstream. Lacking nails, he used wooden pegs in the construction of a small mill. First built for grinding corn and wheat, the mill was later remodeled and was in operation as late as 1875 when Bolles died. The stream on which the mill was built became known as Bolles Creek.

Erected by the Washington County Historical Society in cooperation with the Minnesota Highway Department 1959
 
Erected 1959 by the Washington County Historical Society in cooperation with the Minnesota Highway Department.
 
Location. 44° 54.533′ N, 92° 46.843′ W. Marker is near Afton, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is on Saint Croix Trail North (County Highway 18 / 21) 0.3 miles north of Stagecoach Trail South (County Highway 21), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Afton MN 55001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Bolles Flour Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2009
2. Bolles Flour Mill Marker
. The St. Croix River Valley / Welcome to Minnesota (approx. 3.6 miles away); Brule-St. Croix Waterway (approx. 4.6 miles away in Wisconsin but has been reported missing); In the Summer of 1910 (approx. 4.7 miles away in Wisconsin); Hudson Toll Bridge (approx. 4.7 miles away in Wisconsin); Louis Massey (approx. 5.2 miles away in Wisconsin); German Settlement (approx. 7.4 miles away in Wisconsin); Bicentennial Monument (approx. 7.7 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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