Open house held at 1869 grist mill at Cotton

Jim Martin explains the flour sacker at the 1869 Dick's Mill at the open house on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Jim Martin explains the flour sacker at the 1869 Dick's Mill at the open house on Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by David Wilson.

An open house was held on Saturday and Sunday at Dick's Mill at the community of Cotton.

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This old community school house at Cotton is now across the road from its original site.There were several different school houses over the years. The first one was log.

For many years after it was built in 1869, Dick's Mill was a major center for the community of Cotton in Cooper County, a few miles northwest of Clarksburg.

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The cornmeal sifter in the old mill at Cotton is mostly intact.

Originally powered by a steam engine salvaged from a Missouri River ferry boat, the business contained a sawmill and a grist mill, which ground flour and cornmeal.

For more of this story check out the Oct. 19 issue of the California Democrat.

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