Clinton, Iowa: The Sawmill Museum

Clinton was once the Lumber Capital of the World. The museum has animatronics, a working sawmill, a log raft simulator, and lots of weird wood pieces and art.

2231 Grant St., Clinton, IA
On the west bank of the Mississippi River, at the corner of Grant St. and 23rd Ave. N.
Tu-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5, M 1-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6.
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The Sawmill Museum.

The Sawmill Museum

Clinton was the Lumber Capital of the World from 1870-1893. The museum tells that story with animatronics, a working sawmill, a log raft simulator, and lots of weird wood pieces and wood art!

[Matt Parbs, 01/02/2019]

Clinton is about 250 miles south of the pine forests of the Northwoods, but in the 19th century it had a prime spot on the Mississippi River and money to turn logs into lumber.

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