The Historical Washburn A Mill/ Pillsbury A Mill


FLOUR MILL.                  Minneapolis, MN – saint paul.


In 1840, a flour mill called the Washburn A Mill opened. The mill would make 12 million loaves of bread a day. The mill was located on the West Bank Of The Mississippi River and used water as energy to power the mill supply. When The Great Depression hit in 1929, The mill had employed over 2,000 – 4,000 people which provided a job for people who had no money.  The Flour would be shipped through boxcars/ Train and these trains would contain 2 Million Pounds of flour or wheat a day.


When Pillsbury merged with Washburn A Mill They  turned Over Their Head Logo to We All Know as Today. “ Pillsbury Dough-Boy ” Washburn A Mill Didn’t start off with their own logo till Pillsbury merged with the company of Washburn A Mill but they did have a sign and it was called “ GOLD MEDAL FLOUR ”.  Which is still being sold, you can find this in your local grocery store. In the pastry section.On May 2nd, 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust. The Washburn Mill caught Fire. Later, in 1880, it was later  reconstructed in 1880. 


In February 1991, fire struck once again. Because the neighborhood was still largely vacant at the time, emergency responders weren’t notified until the flames had engulfed the building. By then, all that was left of the old mill were the concrete of the interior and crumbling limestone walls. But rather than demolish the remains, the city cleared the rubble and reinforced the mill’s damaged walls. 


Shortly thereafter, the Minnesota Historical Society announced its plan to develop a museum on the site. In 2003, Washburn A Mill was turned into a museum, where people from around the world can come see what series of event that had took place through 1840 – 1991.

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