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Dutch Mill

Address: East side of City Park on 4th Street
Wamego, KS 66547



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The Old Dutch Mill, overlooking Wamego City Park, was built in 1879 by a Dutch immigrant on the Schonhoff farm 12 miles north of Wamego. It stands 40 feet high and is 25 feet in diameter at its base. The family-operated mill performed custom grinding of feed and grain for a few years but ceased operation around 1890.
 
In 1924, a group of Wamego businessmen conceived the idea of moving the structure to Wamego. Prior to moving the mill, drawings were made, photographs were taken and each stone and every layer was numbered to ensure every detail was transferred accurately. The stones and the machinery were hauled to Wamego by horse-drawn wagons, and the mill was reconstructed at its present location. A bust of Ceres goddess of grain is set above the window. In 1973 the Dutch Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Above: A bust of Ceres goddess of grain located on the Dutch Mill
 
In 1988, the community commissioned a milling expert to design a plan to restore the mill to its original function and today flour and corn meal made from grain ground in the mill are available in the community.
 
Above: Old Dutch Mill Marker in City Park


 

contact info
City of Wamego - Michelle Chrisler, customer service
430 Lincoln St.
Wamego, KS 66547
Phone: 785.456.9119
 
Wamego Chamber of Commerce/Mainstreet - Mary Lyn Barnett, Executive Director
529 Lincoln St.
Wamego, KS 66547
Phone: 785.456.7849
 
 
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