This almost looks like an old stone building I photographed in se MN. Is it located near a curve along a creek/river on a remote gravel road that leads either to Lenora or Highland? Flour mill perhaps?
You're right Audrey, It's definitely on a curve along a river, on a gravel road. I always forget to jot down where I'm at when I see this old ruin.... I've photographed it at least one other time. I alway wonder what it used to be...it's in such an odd location but it's such a cool building! Got any idea's
That is a very cool building. It looks familiar. I wonder if the town has a record of what it was?
Rachel, it's really out in the middle of no where, if I remember right, the closest town is miles away.
Beautiful...wonder what it was used for???
I'm dying to know!
Dad thinks it was a mill where people took their wheat and oats to have it ground into flour and such.
Oh really, well that's cool!
I'm from the area. It's located in the Gribbon Valley, if I spelled it right. Fact it was the Gribbon Mill. The closest Village, lol, is Whalan,Mn...maybe 4 miles away. It ceased operation in the 1860's,as did most other gris mills do to wheat bly, or whatever it's rightly called. The wheat industry in this area never recovered, and most farmers moved further west as a result. There's one more complete about 3 miles from here, but is part of a farm of sorts. If you're ever down there again, go south out of whalan, torwards Rushford/Peterson on 16 until you hit a cement bridge, hang a right. Keep going down that road until you hit a "Y"..take a left..take you right past it. Go there in the summer and you might catch the land owners at their cabin vacationing, I believe they'd allow you to get a closer look..decent people. I'm a history buff, lol. Hopefully that filled in the blanks. Oh and the river, is actually a creek, it's also known as the Gribbon Creek. It empties into the Root River.
Thanks so much for your information, and for stopping by my blog. I get down that way quite often so I will certainly check it out!