In the 608: Beckman Mill open to tours again in Beloit
BELOIT, Wis. – The Beckman Mill is once again open to tours this month.
Located about six miles west of Beloit on the grounds of the 50-acre county park, you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a new dam, mill pond, fish ladder, foot bridge, saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, and nature trail.
The showpiece of the park is the Beckman Mill, the restoration of which was completed in 1997 by the Friends of Beckman Mill’s volunteer work crew. It is operational with power being supplied by its original 1860s water driven Leffel turbine. In the event alternate power is needed, the mill can be operated by its vintage two-cylinder gasoline engine.
The mill was built shortly after the Civil War by millwright William Howe of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In 1882 it was acquired by August Beckmann who had previously operated mills in nearby Juda and Hanover.
The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Beckman Mill County Park is open year round to the public. The mill is typically open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm, May-October.
You can learn more about its history by going to their website.
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