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Schmidt Brothers Windmill

Benson Mill


Church Street, between State and Clayton
Benson, IL 61516


Status

Destroyed


Tower Height

56'


Sail Span

72' (approximately)


Uses

(1873 - ?) Wheat

(1873 - ?) Rye

(1873 - ?) Feed


Constructed

(1872 - 1873)


Millwright

J. M. Schmidt and brother


Owners

J. M. Schmidt and brother (1872 - ?)

F. H. Thielen (? - ?)

J. H. Monk (? - ?)

 

 

 

 

Schmidt Brothers Windmill

Photo courtesy Paul van den Berg



History

  

A lack of powerful streams near Benson led to the construction of this windmill in 1872.  The Dutch mill was completed a year later at a cost of $10,000.  Built, owned, and operated by the Schmidt brothers, the mill operated three run of stone, grinding wheat, rye, and feed.  The mill changed hands over the years and was eventually destroyed. 
 
Because of its similarities in construction to the Prairie Mills Windmill in Golden, IL the town of Benson offered to purchase the mill in 1985, disassemble it, and relocate it in a park near where the Schmidt Brothers’ windmill stood.  The town of Golden refused the sale, however, and chose to restore the Prairie Mills Windmill.



Sources

 

-Moore, Roy.  History of Woodford County.  Eureka, Illinois: Woodford County Republican, 1910.



Images

 

Postcard courtesy Paul van den Berg
Postcard courtesy Paul van den Berg



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