Magazine article Sunset

A Weekend Drive Down by an Old Millstream in Washington

Magazine article Sunset

A Weekend Drive Down by an Old Millstream in Washington

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The setting could hardly be more appealing: a country road takes you down through maple and fir trees along Cedar Creek, then across a covered bridge leading to an old mill. This rustic relic is once again grinding grain the way millers did here in 1876, when the mill was built.

Cedar Creek Grist Mill is near Woodland, Washington, about a 40-minute drive north of Portland. The mill was originally built to grind flour for settlers. It was finally abandoned and sold to the state about 1950, then allowed to lapse into decay. Then in 1980, Friends of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill began their restoration efforts. Volunteers reconstructed the nailless, braced-frame structure, built a 650-foot flume, and brought in grinding stones. Those stones started grinding again in 1989.

Last year, a new covered bridge replaced an open span, which in turn had replaced the original covered bridge. And the mill may soon have a grain elevator in place.

You can watch wheat being ground into flour between 1 and 4 any Saturday, and between 2 and 4 Sundays. …

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