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Mazomanie in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill

1857-1900

 
 
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2012
1. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker
Inscription.
Has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
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In 1857 George Lynch and George Walker, both of Milwaukee, constructed a flouring mill west of the millpond named Lake Marion. It was powered first by an iron waterwheel, sixteen feet in diameter, and later by smaller water turbines. The mill manufactured flour and offered custom milling.

In 1865 William Thompson bought the mill and expanded the operation into a three-story building with 'six-run-of-stone' employing twenty men. Edward Sanderson, a Milwaukee miller, made further improvements in 1876 and increased the capacity to 'eight-run-of-stone.' A group of local businessmen purchased the mill and, in 1885, installed a dynamo to generate electricity for lighting the downtown business district. Between 1888 and 1892 the mill also provided pressurized water to downtown mains for fire protection.

On January 1, 1900, the mill burned, possibly from incendiary origin. Henry Kirch purchased the ruins and rebuilt, using the remnant walls of the 1857 structure. His son, Nicholas, and later his son-in-law, Guy Dunlap, operated the mill until 1946. Then Harold Rochon, a son-in-law of Dunlap, took over. In all, the

Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2012
2. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill
Marker is located under the awning.
Kirch family ran the mill for sixty-six years.

After a flood destroyed the Lake Marion dam in March 1950, the use of water turbines was discontinued and the mill was converted to electric motor operation. In 1995 a restoration effort was completed and the mill's interior was remodeled for use as a restaurant, bakery, and gift shop.

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[Photo captions, from top, read]
Lynch and Walker Mill - about 1876

Lynch and Walker Mill - about 1905

Plat of Mazomanie - 1873


 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 43° 10.49′ N, 89° 47.539′ W. Marker is in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Cramer Street north of East High Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 Cramer Street, Mazomanie WI 53560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Train Wreck of 1906 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Turntable, The Engine House, The Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Crescent Street Factories, Mazomanie Blacksmiths, Coal Buildings
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2012
3. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad in Mazomanie (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flag on the Bluff (about 400 feet away); John F. Appleby (about 500 feet away); Mazomanie (about 600 feet away); Mazomanie Electric Power Plant (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mazomanie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brief History. The Old Feed Mill Restaurant (Submitted on December 3, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 

2. Mazomanie Downtown National Register Historic District Info. (Submitted on October 30, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
4. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker Photos image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
5. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill Marker Photos
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill and Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
6. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill and Marker Kiosk
Near the entrance to the mill grounds
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
7. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill
Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
8. Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill
View from the other side of the tracks
The Old Feed Mill Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2015
9. The Old Feed Mill Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 30, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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