Remains of a mill operation in Palestine

State Road 25 going south out of Warsaw is a pleasant drive. A few miles south of Warsaw is the small unincorporated community of Palestine, still in Kosciusko County. Near SR 25 are remnants of an old grist mill operation. Before steam engines, there was a necessity for grist mills where people could take their grain and return home with flour and feed for their livestock. Palestine had a mill along Trimble Creek. A few chunks of concrete remain as a sign of the mill’s heyday. I’m not sure when the mill was built or when it closed, but I’ve seen photos online dated 1908 and 1938. Nearby was also an old alignment of SR 25 and an iron bridge. The bridge is no longer there. You can still see part of the road, though. One summer day, I parked my car and walked around a little while. Yes, I could picture in my mind a mill being located along the creek. Mills were often among the first commercial operations in a town.

Reminder of a mill operation in Palestine.

Reminder of a mill operation in Palestine.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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