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Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Linn Co. | Oregon | USA | 1871
Township: n/a | Watersource: Santiam/Albany Canal-possibly steam later


Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 03/1983

The frame 30'X 40' three story grist/flour mill was built from 1862-1878, by millwright Thomas J. Hannah for William & Joseph Elkins, using heavy hand-hewn timbers employing the mortise and tenon technique fastened with wooden pegs at the joints. The mill is sided with shiplap siding with vertical siding along the ground/water table level.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 03/1983

By 1875, proprietors, Joseph & William Elkins, were producing 160 barrels of flour/day. The Elkins Bros. were backers of the Willammette Valley & Cascade Mountain Wagon Road, the canal system, and railroading enterprises.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04-04-2009

Some early millers were James Cowan, John Little, Jonathan Wassom, Luther Elkins, and Richard Creadle. Wassom 55 and his wife, Ruth, 53 and their two sons, W.R.Wassom, a 23 year old farmer, and O.A.Wassom 20, were from Pennsylvania.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

Mary Kees 67, a sister-in-law to Wassom, and Philip Linebarger, a boarder from New York, lived with them.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

Luther Elkins, a retired 71 year old Maine farmer, had a son Joseph 47 who was also a flour miller. Richard Cheadle, a 50 year old miller from Ohio, and his 45 year old wife, Louisa, had 3 sons and 4 daughters, between the ages of 28 and 3 years.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

The mill was purchased some time in the 1994, along with the land belonging to it, by Linn-Benton Community College as a site to build a Lebanon center of the college.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

The Lebanon Center and the East Linn Workforce Development Center Complex were built in 2003 with 44,000 square feet of classroom and office space for the LBCC Lebanon Center, DHS Community Human Services, the Oregon Employment Dept, and the Community Services Consortium.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

A 2,500 square foot Annex was also built as a visitor center for the restored mill featuring rest room facilities, a kichen and several meeting rooms.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

The Annex also contains an area of displays featuring the mill next door that LBCC exteriorally restored also in 2003 as part of the complex. Kudos to LBCC.

Elkins Flour Mill / Lebanon Flour Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 04/04/2009

*Update: The mill has been stabilized and exterior windows, doors, etc. replaced. The mill has been painted and a more secure access provided. The interior is essentially empty. Martin Thompson 02/03/2008*

"Thus says the Lord: 'Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls'...."
(Jeremiah 6:16 NKJV)
Directions: Bounded by Santiam Hwy/US 20, Industrial Way, the Santiam/Albany Canal, and Callaghan RR Tracks in NW edge of downtown Lebanon.
 
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