Expanded descriptions of Spring 2016 courses


Jeff Jarvis: Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley

Cannon Valley millers established the state’s first flour milling center by harnessing waterpower, tilling the fertile black soil, and building with Big Woods timber and native limestone. When flour millers merged these local assets with their inventions and innovations, it made Cannon Valley flour famous. These gains in technology surpassed all others made in previous centuries of milling, ultimately reshaping the nature of the world’s flour making industry.

This four-part program is a history of the mills, stories of the people, and the milling technology developed in the Cannon Valley between 1855 and 1895, with special attention given to the first 25 years. The study outlines the rise of the famous milling industry that occurred in five Minnesota counties bordering the Cannon River, the Straight River, and countless streams. In addition to slideshows, discussion, and related displays, guided tours will be presented at important area mill sites.

For those interested, see “Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley” on Facebook or direct specific questions to historicmills@gmail.com.