Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society explores the history of Rankin Mill and Rock House at Rocky Ford ... receives gift of Rankin Mill model from the Wilham Family.

At the October meeting of the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society member Diane Osborn presented a history of the Rankin Mill, while Gary Freese presented the history of Rock House at Rocky Ford.

The Rankin Mill was built in the 1830s and is now gone. However, the structure lives on through a tabletop model donated to the society by the Lawrence Wilham family of Mount Pulaski. Lawrence made the model. On Monday, October 18th, his son Kevin was at the society meeting to present the model as a gift.

Construction on Rankin’s Mill was likely begun in the 1830’s, some 20 years before Lincoln was platted.

The Mill was located on Salt Creek at Rocky Ford near the now vanished paper town of Albany. Both the Mill and Albany were located on property which was surveyed by chain and tripod and platted by Abraham Lincoln. And, the Mill was built during Lincoln’s lifetime.

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