Neligh Mill State Historic Site


John Neligh, the town's founder, began building a flour mill in 1873, but W.C. Gallaway soon took over and finished the project. In 1886, he replaced the mill's stone grinders with all-new engineering technology, Allis steel rollers. These boosted production so much that he had to build a warehouse for the extra flour. In 1894, a new owner, S.F. Gilman, re-engineered the mill's water-power system. Likewise, his improvements worked so well that the mill generated enough electricity to light the town. Displays about the mill's history are housed in the warehouse and powerplant additions. The mill, itself, still contains its 1880s machinery.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The earliest grist mill in Nebraska was established at Fort Atkinson in the 1820s. At that time, this military post was the farthest western settlement in the U.S. Because they were so far from the food-producing centers of the eastern states, the soldiers spent a large part of their time farming and producing foodstuffs for themselves.