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Schmidt Brothers Windmill

Benson Mill

Church Street, between State and Clayton
Benson, IL 61516



Tower Height


Sail Span

72' (approximately)


(1873 - ?) Wheat

(1873 - ?) Rye

(1873 - ?) Feed


(1872 - 1873)


J. M. Schmidt and brother


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

F. H. Thielen (? - ?)

J. H. Monk (? - ?)





Schmidt Brothers Windmill

Photo courtesy Paul van den Berg



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.



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



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

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