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Near Beloit in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

How-Beckman Mill

 
 
How-Beckman Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
1. How-Beckman Mill Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1868 by William How, the How-Beckman grist mill stands along Raccoon Creek where a distillery and sawmill were once located. In 1882 the Beckman family purchased the property. German-born August Beckman operated the turbine-powered mill, followed by his sons Henry and Charles. Reaching peak production in the early twentieth century, the mill was enlarged in the 1920s and served as the local commercial and social center. Milling operations ceased in 1954. The How-Beckman Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
 
Erected 1997. (Marker Number 353.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 30.6′ N, 89° 10.193′ W. Marker is near Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker is on County Highway H 0.1 miles east of West Smith Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11450 South County Highway H, Beloit WI 53511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beckman Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 6.9 miles away); Black Hawk at Turtle Village / The U.S. Military at Turtle Village
How-Beckman Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
2. How-Beckman Mill Marker
The mill is in the background. The park is a popular place for gatherings, including weddings.
(approx. 6.9 miles away); Roy Chapman Andrews (approx. 6.9 miles away); Beloit College (approx. 7.1 miles away); Rasey House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Wisconsin's First Aviator (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 9.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beloit.
 
Also see . . .
1. Friends of Beckman Mill. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Beckman Mill County Park. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
How-Beckman Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
3. How-Beckman Mill Marker
An apparent mill stone is at the foot of the marker.
How-Beckman Mill image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
4. How-Beckman Mill
This is a closeup of the west side of the mill.
How-Beckman Mill Machinery image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
5. How-Beckman Mill Machinery
This is a closeup of some machinery (an axle, wheels, and belt system) on the west side of the mill.
How-Beckman Mill image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
6. How-Beckman Mill
The mill is on the right, with a new dam on the mill stream on the left.
How-Beckman Mill Machinery image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
7. How-Beckman Mill Machinery
An apparent turbine on the grounds of the mill.
How-Beckman Mill Stream image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
8. How-Beckman Mill Stream
This is apparently a turbine inlet for the mill.
Beckman Mill Park Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
9. Beckman Mill Park Exhibit
This is a closeup of a sawmill exhibit at the park.
Beckman Mill Park Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
10. Beckman Mill Park Exhibit
A view of the track on the sawmill exhibit.
Beckman Mill Park Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
11. Beckman Mill Park Exhibit
A closeup of the label on the sawmill machinery: Made by Crabb Gas Engine Co., Independence, Iowa
Beckman Mill Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 10, 2011
12. Beckman Mill Park Sign
This sign is at the entrance to the park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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