Motor Mill Historic Site


23002 Grain Rd
Elkader, IA 52043
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Phone: 563-245-1516

Motor Mill, built in 1869, preserves the story of flour milling and wheat production in Northeast Iowa. The mill also demonstrates the struggles farmers, businessmen and laborers faced in a remote rural river setting, as well as the challenges faced in the development of a large agri-business. Site also offers several out buildings, land and water trails, and camping to enjoy at this  historic site in the scenic valley of the Turkey River.


Guided tours of historic Motor Mill are offered each Saturday (May 28-Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, and Oct 8) from noon-5pm. These guided tours include the 1860's Mill, four related outbuildings, and the Motor town site. Tours have no cost but free will donations are encouraged and appreciated to help with various restoration projects. Tours range in time depending on your touring interests and desires. You can walk outdoors around the mill all year around.