"About 1843, six years before Minnesota became a territory, Lemuel Bolles erected on this
creek the first commercial flour mill in Minnesota country. Bolles salvaged wood from the
shore of Lake St. Croix and carried it on his back to the mill site a mile and a half upstream.
Lacking nails, he used wooden pegs in the construction of a small mill. First built for grinding
corn and wheat, the mill was later remodeled and was in operation as late as 1875 when
Bolles died. The stream on which the mill was built became known as Bolles Creek." [Seals
of the Washington County Historical Society, Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota
Department of Highways]
And the man himself:
Bolles, Lemuel, 1792-1875. He lived to 83!
Wow, directly off the placque. And that's all that remains. The Historical Marker. I always wonder, is it the marker that's historical? I think it's from 1959. And, is this really even interesting enough for a marker?
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