Meek's Flour Mill, Bonaparte, IA

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Meek's Flour Mill - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 83000406, date listed 19830127

. 1st St.

. Bonaparte, IA (Van Buren County)

. The first mill was built on this site in 1836 by William Meek. The mill burnt down in 1841 and the present building was constructed in 1878 alongside the Bonaparte dam.

. During this part of the village's history, woolen, grist and lumber mills lined the river all powered by huge water wheels on the Des Moines. Settlers came to Bonaparte from as far as 100 miles to have their grain ground into flour, and Meek's Mill and other Bonaparte mills established a sound reputation for quality.

. Wagons laden with grain and pulled by pack horses waited their turn to cross the Des Moines river on Meek's Ferry. Some customers waited in line for days to have their flour processed, and with their business Bonaparte's hotel, taverns and trading posts flourished.

. The mill is now the home to the Bonaparte Retreat Restaurant. (1)

. References (1) Van Buren Co History

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