Miltonville in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bambo Harris Grist Mill
In c1795 Bambo Harris a freed black slave built and operated the first Water Driven gristmill in the area on Elk Creek. For fifty years his Millstones ground wheat and corn. A member of the Prairie Baptist Church, he was highly respected in the community. Bambo Harris lies at Rest in the Miltonville Cemetery.
Millstones donated by Charles Wesco & Family
Erected by Madison Township Board of Trustees.
Location. 39° 30.068′ N, 84° 27.634′ W. Marker is in Miltonville, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Elk Creek Road and Howe Road, on the right when traveling north on Elk Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the South Madison Township Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4398 Elk Creek Road, Middletown OH 45042, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Miltonville (here, next to this marker); The Village of Trenton / The Elk Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Founder's Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Middletown Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter Middletown World War II Memorial Chapel & Plaza (approx. 2.8 miles away); Middletown Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Butler County Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away).
Regarding Bambo Harris Grist Mill. The Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority demolished Bambo Harris Homes, a c.1942 141-unit public housing project on Front Street in Hamilton, in 2007, due to widespread asbestos and lead paint.
1. Bambo Harris' grave
Bambo Harris' grave is unmarked in the Miltonville Cemetery on Howe Road. If there was a stone at one time, it is possible that it was one near the church that was lost by fire in 1949. The fire destroyed many stones that were near the building.
— Submitted March 21, 2011, by Larry Helton of Madison Twp., Butler County, Ohio.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,861 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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