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Friday, November 24, 2017

Mills in Wisconsin

Quite awhile back I promised some shots of Cedarburg on a sunny day and I did pass through last spring when the sun was out and somehow forgot to share the pictures.  It's another town full of shops meant for strolling, and its limestone buildings gleam on a pretty day.  Watch when you go though if you don't like crowds, it can get hectic during special events.

It was founded in the early 1840s by Irish and German immigrants who were lured to the potential of power from Cedar Creek.  Lovely Wittenburg Mill was built in 1864 and at the time it was the only woolen mill west of Philadelphia to produce worsted yarns. Now it houses a collections of shops.

Wisconsin is peppered with mills, another one I see often is the Dundee Mill smack in the middle of the Kettle Moraine Forest. In 1855, E.M. McIntosh and Stephen Palmer built the dam, formed the berms, created the millrace and built a sawmill. The dam was built to raise the water level sufficiently to drive the water wheel, creating Long Lake where I myself have camped a few times.  The Mill was doomed however, as the area did not see the expected population boom.  The unincorporated village is still so tiny it doesn't participate in census counts.

In the fall of 2006, the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition traveled to Dundee to build a house for the Koepke family after Matt Koepke was diagnosed with melanoma. They built a beautiful house for the five remaining members of the family, and also renovated the nearby Dundee Mill Park.  No wonder it looks so nice!

I've shared mills before and I'm sure I'll share them again but this is all I have for now, and such nice sunny pictures to revisit on cold November days!