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Augusta, Wisconsin: Dells Mill and Museum (Closed)

An operating Civil War-era flour mill and museum, presided over by the elderly Gus Clark, who just keeps talking if you try to interrupt his introductory speech. (Gustav Clark died in late Aug. 2014)

From Augusta drive north on Hwy 27 about three miles. Turn left at the sign onto County Rd V. Follow road past school house, around a few turns, to the mill, on the left.
Aug. 24, 2014: Gus reported passed away. (Call to verify)

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Dells Mill and Museum

Well-preserved 1864 rural flour mill completely intact with original machinery, fabric belts, and lots of misc. artifacts including two cannon, a covered wagon along with other buggies, some period tools, and a shark(!). The proprietor, soft-spoken Gustave (Gus) Clark, has owned and operated the mill as a museum for over 45 years. He is the fourth generation of the Clark family to operate the mill. Gus is elderly and slow, and speaks very softly. You need to stand close to hear him over the waterfalls of the dam. He will greet you, take your admission, escort you into the first room to look around, then give you a brief monologue. Don't ask questions until he is done, as he will just keep talking. Then he will allow you to roam all the floors of the mill to take photos. Gus has a huge amount of knowledge about the place, plus the Civil War era as it relates to Wisconsin. He usually pops on a Civil War hat when you walk in. He is very friendly and can talk for hours about the mill, and about farm life from the 1860s forward. He is also a musician that likes to sing and play his home-made banjo for the ladies after the tour.

There is also a small, dusty gift shop (with unusual items), an antique store, and a blacksmith shop. Be sure to chat with Gus after the tour.

[Rich, 08/24/2013]

A mill shark? Is it big enough to include on our Shark Map?

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