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W5539 and W5565 County Road MM

National or State Register of Historic Places
W5539 and W5565 County Road MM | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Oehler Mill Complex
Reference Number:13000314
Location (Address):W5539 and W5565 County Road MM
County:La Crosse
Oehler Mill Complex
W5539 and W5566 County Highway MM, Town of Shelby, La Crosse County
Dates of contributing buildings: 1862-1907

Valentine and Gottfried Oehler, recent immigrants from Germany, built the Oehler flour mill in 1862. This mill is now a rare example of what was once a common and highly important resource: the rural flour and grist mill. The current sandstone and brick mill is the second mill the brothers constructed at this location on Mormon Creek. The first, constructed as a sawmill in 1857, was converted into a flour and grist mill in 1858. The Oehler Mill closed in 1918.

The new mill's success allowed the brothers to construct new houses. Gottfried built a house just north of the mill in 1884; Valentine built a house just to the south around 1882. Both of these Italianate style houses are of brick furnished by the Mormon Coulee Brick Yard, which had been established less than a mile to the north in 1881 and which continued producing brick until 1958.

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Period of Significance:1862-1907
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Industry/Processing/Extraction: Manufacturing Facility
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Storage
Architectural Style:Italianate
Architectural Style:Late Victorian
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:05/22/2013
State Register Listing Date:02/17/2012
Number of Contributing Buildings:4
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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