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Rhodes Mill
Worth Co. | Iowa | USA | 2012
Township: Fertile Twp. | Watersource: Winnebago River.



Rhodes Mill
Picture: Duane Klipping 09/2012

William Rhodes Island Park is located along the scenic Winnebago River across the river from the mill. Fertile was founded by William Rhodes, a Canadian who came to Iowa in 1858, built a sawmill, then in 1868, it began to process wheat into flour. Rhodes Mill was built on Lime Creek, now known as the Winnebago River.

Rhodes Mill
Picture: Bill Wittaker wikipedia.com

Here you can view the Fertile Dam as well as the Rhodes Mill, recognized as a national historic landmark. The "History of Mitchell and Worth Counties," published in 1918 described the mill as being "34 by 42 feet in dimensions, two and one-third stories high, had three runs of stone, and a capacity to turning out 50 barrels of first class flour per diem." It is further stated in the book, "Lime Creek at Rhodes Mill in Fertile has a fall of 11 feet and develops 70 horse power."

Rhodes Mill
Picture: Duane Kippling 09/2012

The mill is a 2.5 story frame mill, with clerestory, built on a stone foundation plus one story stone. GPS: 43D 15.84'N, 93D 25.29'W ele. 1,161'/354 meters Fertile Quadrangle

Rhodes Mill
Picture: Duane Kippling 09/2012

The mill operated into the 1930s. The building was restored in 1971 and is now the Rhodes Mill Retreat, a general retreat/events center with rooms for guest accommodations - and second home for owner Anne Jones of Tulsa, Okla. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Directions: The pvt res., built in 1868, is located on Main Street, one block west of the four corners in Fertile along the Winnebago River.


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