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Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Utah Co. | Utah | USA | 1888
Township: n/a | Watersource: Mitchell Ditch-fed by American Fork River.


Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The mill was built in 1888, on land of Daniel & Eliza Allen'soriginal homestead, by James Chipman, the mayor of American Fork.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The original 2.5 story mill, built of reddish/yellow brick on a stone basement, burned and was rebuilt in 1908 by Chipman, who added another story and some vertical, exterior brick reinforcing ribbons to the walls for added strength.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

Some mill machinery is still evedent within the mill, now an antique empoorium and general store owned by Daniel Cooper since 1993.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

A flour packer in place surrounded by antiques. Chipman added the new roller process machinery when he rebuilt the mill in 19808.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

Picture frames nooked into spaces created by a bank of flour chutes and collection elevators.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The miller's house across the property from the mill frontage, built of the same color and type of brick as the mill, resumably about the same time or earlier.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The penstock behind the mill coming from the former millpond behind and above the mill, was fed from an underground section of the Mitchell Ditch, it in tern fed by the American Fork River.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

To the north of the mill, the overflow of the former millpond; now, the partial flow the Mitchell Ditch.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The Chipmans, James and his second wife Selena-a plural wife-along with James' brother Henry, operated the mill as the Peoples Mill & Elevator. They were bought out by Sanford Walker in 1924.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

August Purduhn got the mill in a trade in 1931, and operated it with his wife Augusta and later with their sons Ernest & Herman. About 1945, grandsons and their wives Henry & Mabel, Don & Marion, Leon & Laura, & Jay & Molly, all Purduhns, operated the mill. On paper, it was Leon and Jay who ran mill, but many speculated it was really the women who did most of the daily operations.

Chipman's Star Roller Mills
Picture: Jim Miller 09/23/2006

The mill closed in 1979, suffering vandalism and teen abuse while sitting idle. Purchased in 1990 by Nancy Long, the mill gained a new lease on life. Ms. Long had/was renovating the Gardner MIll in West Jordan about the same time, so she sold it to Daniel Cooper, in 1993, a former Oregonian by way of Boston, Mass. Cooper's plans included converting the mill into a small hotel, with conference facilities and a bakery & cafe. The general store/antique mall resulted, with the rest awaiting more financial backing. A fire broke out about 7:00 pm on Dec. 5, 2007. Fire companies from American Fork & Lone Peak fought the fire, which destroyed some metal-clad one-story warehouses filled with antiques, for about 2.5 hours. No one was injured and damaged was resticted to those warehouses, concrete silos shielded the mill proper and the wooden-cribbed grain storage building. A great financial loss forCoopers to be sure, however.

"I will praise the Lord God with a song and a thankful heart. This will please the Lord better than offering an ox or a full-grown bull."
(Psalm 69:30 & 31 CEV)
Directions: North of I-15 and US 89, east of Sh 74/N 100 East Street onto E 600 North Street at 147, opposite N Mill Road., American Forks, Utah.
 
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