Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oxford Mill

A week ago, I posted a picture of a mystery spot within 15 miles of Northfield and asked, "Where Is This?" The answer: the Little Cannon River on Oxford Mill Road outside of Cannon Falls. Here's another photograph, taken just down the road.


This is the Oxford Mill, built in 1878 to replace an older mill across the road, which was built in 1867. The first Oxford Mill, built by the milling magnates Archibald and Wilcox, turned out a flour that won a gold medal in the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876. In its heyday, the new mill handled 400 bushels of wheat a day and employed 30 to 40 men. It was destroyed by fire in 1905.

1 comment:

Penelope said...

Lovely photo. Who knew we had picturesque ruins like this in our area?!

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