David Eulitt had an article written about him in the Kansas City Star On December 19. Currently, he is restoring an old mill in Ceder Point, Kansas. The 2.5 story mill is located at First and Main Sts. in the Community of Cedar Point, Kansas., a town that grew up around the grist mill. Many of those old buildings are very cool and should not be left to mother natures rath. Many of these old buildings should be rehabbed so we do not loose a piece of history. The only draw back would be that it is in a ghost town. It would be nice to think that a historic building like this being rehabbed would bring in people to visit, live work but one building in ghost town may not be enough to support such a town.
In 1867, a log dam was built across the Cottonwood River, and a wooden-frame mill was constructed for sawing lumber. The frame mill was built in the spring of 1868 by two Pennsylvanians, Orlo H. Drinkwater and Peter Schriver (of Yorktown, Pa.). The following year (1868) it was converted to grind flour and named Cedar Point Mill.
In 1870, the name was changed to Drinkwater & Schriver Mill. In 1871, construction of the current stone structure was started. In 1875, the building was completed. It used stone burrs to grind corn and wheat into flour, with a capacity of 75 barrels per day. In 1884, the log dam was replaced by a stone dam.
In 1976, some original equipment still remained in the mill and it was still in operation. It was in use by various owners until the late 1980s. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair. It’s one of the few mills left in Kansas that haven’t fallen apart. The mill was put on the National Refister of Historical Places in 2006.
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