Trace of a former mill in Baintertown

Long ago, there was a community known as Baintertown in Jackson Township, Elkhart County, north of New Paris. There were a few businesses in Baintertown including a store and a few mills. I’ve seen an old photo of the woolen mill built in 1840 and it was pretty large. I’m sure there were hundreds employed there at one time. But the woolen mill was demolished in 1923 and all that remains is scattered traces in the form of concrete abutments of various types. This one I photographed can be seen through the trees. It is within walking distance of the Baintertown Park parking area that is part of Elkhart County Parks. Mills at that time were usually located near a water source because that is what generated the power to run the mills. So the woolen mill was located near the Elkhart River. I know it was demolished in 1923, but I’m not sure when it was closed as a business. Elkhart County Parks gives tours of this area and I was told a main reason is because they want to keep the history of the area alive. This was once a thriving area. I agree, it is worth preserving this history.


Woolen mill remnant in Baintertown.


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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