Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site

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Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site

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Type Public, state
Location Linn County, Oregon
Nearest city Shedd
Coordinates 44°27′39″N123°04′54″W / 44.4609563°N 123.0817593°W / 44.4609563; -123.0817593 Coordinates: 44°27′39″N123°04′54″W / 44.4609563°N 123.0817593°W / 44.4609563; -123.0817593 [1]
Created December 2007 (2007-12)
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site is a state park near Shedd in Linn County, Oregon, United States, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The mill was first built in 1858. It burned down in 1862, but was rebuilt right away and those 12 inch by 12 inch hand hewn beams cut and placed while Lincoln was in office are still visible inside the mill today . A series of dedicated and tenacious owners adapted the mill to changing times turning the flour mill to a feed mill and eventually a hydroelectric plant operating until 2004, making it one of Oregon's oldest continuously operating water-powered businesses. Oregon State Parks purchased the property in 2004 and the park was opened to the public in December, 2007. The property was acquired and restored under governor Kulongoski's "park-a-year" plan, in which one new state park is to be opened every year. Free guided tours are offered daily allowing visitors to see the water powered turbines and machinery in action. The grounds are being restored to the 1910-1930's era with the heirloom orchard, gardens and plantings restored as well as heritage poultry roaming the grounds and original fence lines and paths; all will be open to the public when complete.

State park protected area managed at the federated state level

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.

Shedd, Oregon Unincorporated community and Census–designated place in Oregon, United States

Shedd is an unincorporated community in Linn County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 99E.

Linn County, Oregon County in the United States

Linn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,672. The county seat is Albany. The county is named in honor of Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri who advocated the American settlement of the Oregon Country.


See also

Boston Flour Mill

Boston Flour Mill is a historic gristmill in Shedd, Oregon.

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