The Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) has published a booklet on the mills and water-powered sites of Winneshiek County. “A History of Mills and Water-powered Sites of Winneshiek County’’ features more than two dozen mill sites within the county that have been deemed of historical significance by archaeological professionals.
According to WCHPC Chair Steve Johnson, “The work is the culmination of a two-year study commissioned by the WCHPC to identify and preserve the history of mills that helped the county prosper from the 1840s into the early 20th century.”
The booklet features more than 60 photographs, maps and newspaper clippings, most of which are in full color. The booklet is available for purchase in Decorah at Dragonfly Books and the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, and at Spillville’s Bily Clocks Museum. All funds from booklet sales go toward funding future WCHPC projects.