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Dells Mill


Dells Mill

Water-Powered grist mills ground the wheat that dominated Wisconsin’s Civil War-era economy. Built in 1864, the mill was one of the server serving area farmers. After wheat production moved westward, owners adapted the building to mill flour and grind feed.

A trip to the Dells mill could be an all-day family affair. Farmers often fished the millpond to pass the time. The millpond also provided a source for the winter ice harvest. A store, hotel, and school grew up nearby to serve the growing community

Creating a mill pond required the building of a dam to flood upstream land. The Wisconsin Territorial Legislature enacted legislation enabling dam construction in 1840.

Built along the dells of Bridge Creek, the base of the mill was carved into the sandstone bedrock. massive hand-hewn timbers secured with wooden pegs make up the structure of the Mill. Water turbines powered the milling process. A concrete dam replaced the original log structure in 1919. Dells Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, operated continuously until 1968

Gustave Clark, the mill’s proprietor passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

The Mill’s future in unknown.  See it soon

What to Photograph:

The mill and grounds are open for photography, the best shot of the mill is from the bridge.

The Dells School is a half mile from the mill.

The Dells Mill School in Agusta Wisconsin is a one room school dating back to 1866 has been moved from its original location on Dells Mill Pond, to the intersection of hwy 27  and county road V,  a half mile away.

Best Time for Photographers:

The area is accessible day or night and most anytime can make good photos.  As with many subjects outdoors early morning or late evening with the sun low in the sky can give the beautiful golden hour warmth to your images.

Where it is:

From Augusta drive north on Hwy 27 about three miles. Turn left at the sign onto County Rd V. Follow road past school house, around a few turns, to the mill, on the left.

Maps:

Interactive Google Map

Use the map  + – controls to zoom in and out, click and drag the to move the map, use the Map drop-down to change to “Map”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”, or “Terrain” views.  Drag the little man icon from the upper left corner to a map location for street level view.

Cost:

There are no fees to photograph the mill, the museum is closed at this time and it’s future is uncertain.

Hours:

The grounds are open year round.

Facilities:

There are currently no facilities at the mill, the town of Augusta is 5 miles south.

 

Links:

Dells Mill Website

Augusta Wisconsin

Location Contact Information:

Augusta Wisconsin
Dells Mill  Dells Mill Museum Historic Properties
E18855 County Road V
Augusta, WI 54722
715-286-2714

 


Dells Mill Photo Gallery

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Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.

 

 


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