The Wapsipinicon Mill, nestled along the Wapsipinicon River in the heart of downtown Independence is one of Iowa's finest surviving grist mills. This 1870 mill towers six stories above the river and is a unique example of how Iowans captured the power of the rivers for commercial development.The mill you see today was built in 1870 by Samuel Sherwood and it is the foremost cornerstone of our community. The six story structure is 112 feet long by 62 feet wide by 102 feet tall and was used at first as a flouring mill. The superstructure was constructed using a heavy timber frame encased with a brick wall 8 inches thick. The interior of the building reveals hand hewn timbers and superb craftsmanship. Mortise and tenon construction was used throughout the building, complete with square nails and large wooden pegs. The Mill is owned by the Buchanan County Historical Society and is open mid-May through mid-September, Tuesday – Sunday noon to 4pm. The investigation conducted by SCIPIT and 767PI took place on Saturday night May 22nd, 2010 . Photos will be available on this page.
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The first six images are still shots taken from or video. If you look in the center of the pictures you should be able to see the images of a person/persons just above the clothes racks. The top of these displays are approximately six ft tall so these images appear at least 8-9 ft off the ground.
More photos will be added soon from the investigation.