Iowa Hiking, Nature June 01, 2020
Hike Rugged Trails And Explore A Old Mill At Iowa’s Motor Mill Historic Site
The history of Iowa is fascinating, and we’re lucky to have so many preserved historic sites so we can learn about the past that shaped the Hawkeye State. Make time to visit a few underrated historic sites – like this historic mill in Iowa – and you’ll walk away with a newfound appreciation for your home.
The tiny town of Elkader, on the Turkey River, is a charming town where you'll find a historic mill in Iowa.
The Motor Mill Historic District is nationally recognized, and the mill itself is part of the historic Motor Townsite that surrounds it.
This historic site dates back to the 1860s and was a mining district. It included a gristmill, a bridge across the Turkey River, smokehouse, Inn, livery barn, houses, a general store, a school, and more.
Today, many of those buildings are still standing, and the gristmill is a historic mill in Iowa that nearly anyone would recognize.
History buffs and nature lovers can enjoy an afternoon exploring the area on trails that showcase this old town that's now part of Elkader.
The historic buildings that are still standing are fascinating - look for placards that tell the story of each one.
When you visit the Motor Historic District, you'll find more than just another historic mill in Iowa. You'll find a glimpse back in time that's sure to leave you thinking about Hawkeye State history.
You can learn more about this historic mill in Iowa on the
Clayton County Conservation website, here. Plan a trip to explore it for yourself!
For another glimpse back in time and a natural wonder that showcases Iowa history, plan a trip to
This Historic Park That’s One Of Iowa’s Best Kept Secrets. Address: Motor Mill Historic Site, 28518 Galaxy Rd, Elkader, IA 52043, USA