Recreating a 19th Century Flour Mill

Antique roller mills and bran dusters used to bring century-old flour mill back to life

Two Nordyke Marmon & Co. roller mills displayed on the first floor of the Cottonwood Station mill.
Two Nordyke Marmon & Co. roller mills displayed on the first floor of the Cottonwood Station mill. During the mid- to late 19th century, Nordyke Marmon sold and shipped the equipment needed for a small commercial flour mill, complete with a steam engine, for approximately $10,000 (about $250,000 in today’s terms). These “Mae West” model roller mills, built in the mid-1880s, were acquired from the Robertson Mill in Brownstown, Ind. By 1896 the model’s profile had been streamlined and the wooden access doors replaced by steel doors.