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The Mill
738 S. Washington St., Lincoln (Logan County)

 
 

 

Built in 1929 as a take-out sandwich shop along historic Route 66, this Dutch windmill-inspired structure is a classic example of early American roadside architecture. The managers’ children dressed in traditional Dutch outfits to attract customers on opening day. The large addition is a former army barracks building that was moved from Camp Ellis in Fulton County after World War II and converted into a dance hall and dining space for the Mill.

 

The restaurant was abandoned in 1996 but, despite years of vacancy and general deterioration, the historic site remains a nostalgic landmark along the “Mother Road.” In 2006, the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County acquired the property and stabilized the building, but its future remains uncertain.

 
     
 

  HOW CAN I HELP?

 

To join the campaign to “Save the Mill,” donations and/or volunteer inquiries should be directed to Geoff Ladd, Chairman of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County: 217-732-8687 or info@tourlogancounty.com. For more information on the foundation’s efforts, visit www.savethemill.org.

 
     

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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