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Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Upon arriving, you'll be greeted by a friendly flock of birds.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • The silos are brightly painted with the mill logo.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Many of the inner workings of the mill are preserved for today's visitors to see.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Old flour sacks line the walls.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Your tour guide will talk all about the history and operation of the mill.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Each piece of equipment takes you back in time.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • It's interesting to imagine the working conditions when the mill was in operation.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Watch your head as the tour takes you down below.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • It took a lot of equipment to keep the mill running.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Rushing water illustrates the power of the mill.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Just try and figure out what all the moving parts do. Or, ask your guide!- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Near the end of the tour, you can watch the mill in action.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Wander all around the mill to see the different parts of the building.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • Outside the mill, the Calapooia River flows lazily by.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • The exterior of the mill is reminiscent of old New England mill architecture.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • The silos are like huge works of art.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
  • And don't forget to feed the fowl on the way out.- Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site
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Pros: 
Excellent educational tours.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Take a step back in time at the Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site. This mill, first built in 1858, supplied Willamette Valley residents with flour and briefly supported the long-gone town of Boston, Oregon. The original mill burned down in 1862, but it was quickly replaced and back in business. 

In the 1940s the food supply became more industrialized and fewer households were baking bread. The mill shifted its focus to providing animal feed in order to stay in operation. In the 1980s the mill began generating power and selling it to the local utility. The mill finally ceased operations in 2004, three years before being established as a state heritage site in 2007.

Take a guided tour of the site to learn more about the mill's operation and the history of the area. Tours run daily at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. You can also take a self-guided tour of the first floor anytime the mill is open. Interpretive displays are located throughout the mill and on the grounds.

While you're there, stop and feed the turkeys, chickens and ducks that live on site and enjoy a picnic as you watch the Calapooia River roll by. The site is open year round, except for major holidays, and it makes a great destination for the whole family.

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