Rockdale Mill

Rockdale Mill (HMVVS)

Location: Cambridge, WI 53523 Dane County
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N 42° 58.355', W 89° 1.889'

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William Murray Dennis entered the Valley of the Koshkonong in 1836 looking for a site to generate water power. The village he platted was called Clinton and later named Rockdale.

Thomas and Nathan G. Van Horn built the first mill dam of logs in 1846. They built a saw, grist, and carding mill in 1847. The two mill stones weighing 3016 pounds apiece were imported from France.

Flour milling was discontinued in 1944. Electricity replaced water power in 1956.

Our gratitude to recent owners for perpetuating the charm of this place.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number6
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 9:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 334341 N 4759772
Decimal Degrees42.97258333, -89.03148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 58.355', W 89° 1.889'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 58' 21.30" N, 89° 1' 53.34" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220 Water St, Cambridge WI 53523, US
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