Carpenter's Mill

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Springfield Journal Register, date of paper which originally published the following is unknown.

It is always interesting to hark back to the old mills of Sangamon County which were so intimately connected with the pioneer days hereabouts. Carpenter's Mill was probably the best known of all. It stood on the south side of the Sangamon River north of town where the Route 66 highway bridge crosses. . . . This picture, taken in the 1880's, is quite unusual in that it shows the old mill with the iron bridge and the single track road to Springfield almost marooned by heavy flood waters which spread the river over a wide expanse. . . . Originally Carpenter's Mill was used as a combination grist and saw mill but in later years it was devoted to general milling. It suspended operations about 1870, after which it gradually disintegrated. . . . This was a favorite fishing and picnic spot for residents of Springfield's North side.

Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.