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Graue Mill

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 August 2019 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Frederick Graue was born in Germany, came to the United States and settled in Fullersburg, Illinois, in 1842. In 1849, he purchased the site of a sawmill that had burned down, along with his partner William Asche, and constructed a grist mill there. Asche later sold his share to Graue. Limestone for the basement walls was quarried near Lemont; bricks for the rest of the walls were made from clay from the Graue farm and fired in kilns near the mill site. After the gristmill opened in April 1852, it ground wheat, corn and other grains produced by local farmers.

The mill was a major center of economic life during the 19th century and was also used by Fred Graue to hide runaway slaves on their journey to freedom in Canada. President Abraham Lincoln reportedly visited Graue Mill during a trip from Chicago to Springfield. Frederick Graue and his third son, F.W. ("William") Graue, operated the mill for 70 years until modern milling methods rendered the old mill obsolete and the building was abandoned.

Photo captured July 13, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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rem_la from Villiers, France

tres belle batisse

13 Aug 2019 5:16am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine old house

13 Aug 2019 5:19am

yoshimiparis from France

Thank you for this interesting history.
The building is exceptional, I love brick buildings

13 Aug 2019 5:22am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

jolie bâtisse qui me rappelle la maison de famille de mes grands parents .
Bonne journée Steven

13 Aug 2019 5:30am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Très jolie bâtisse

13 Aug 2019 7:51am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When you think about the challenges of the past, people back them really did extraordinary things.

13 Aug 2019 7:55am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

I like this old company buildings.

13 Aug 2019 7:59am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like these beautiful red bricks and your framing.

13 Aug 2019 9:14am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice architectural capture and excellent back story

13 Aug 2019 9:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

lovely house

13 Aug 2019 9:31am

Devi from Chennai, India

Impressive image..
and a brave and poignant history too behind this !
Pity it was abandoned..Hope this functions as something else now !

13 Aug 2019 10:10am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This really is a very impressive building. I like the red brickwork. A great image Steven. 5*

13 Aug 2019 10:26am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting story from this gorgeous building.
Fantastic picture you made on my birthday.

13 Aug 2019 11:18am

Rose from United States

What a fine building. I would love to see inside...hoping you have photos of that, too.

13 Aug 2019 11:37am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully composed in lovely warm light. AN impressive building.

13 Aug 2019 1:59pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

love, love the Georgian architectural style

13 Aug 2019 2:52pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très très joli bâtiment et attrayante histoire.

13 Aug 2019 3:14pm

Roléro-T from gerpinnes, Belgium

Nice architectural shot!

13 Aug 2019 3:33pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo . Thank you for its History !

13 Aug 2019 3:45pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle entrée cette rampe cette porte et quel édifice superbe

13 Aug 2019 4:13pm

willy from Belgium

jolie photo de cette jolie bâtisse Steven

merci pour tes explications intéressantes


13 Aug 2019 6:12pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It’s a great looking building. I was surprised how many steps are there on those stairs.

13 Aug 2019 7:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's a big beautiful building that's been kept in great shape it seems. It has an interesting history.

13 Aug 2019 7:55pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


13 Aug 2019 8:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a gorgeous mill and has so much interesting history. It is so well built and it is in amazing condition A beautiful image.

13 Aug 2019 9:37pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice shot and history lesson. I haven't been to the mill in decades, so your refresher was welcome

13 Aug 2019 11:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice photo of this historic building, and interesting info.

14 Aug 2019 2:27am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

A nice colorful shot of the entrance! Thank you for the history!

14 Aug 2019 3:58am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Just knowing it was used as a haven for runaway slaves makes its importance HUGE to me, Steven! Thanks for sharing.

14 Aug 2019 4:59am

Remus from Portugal

Splendid detail in this gorgeous "industrial" architecture!
Wonderful perspective.

14 Aug 2019 3:36pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

This mill looks rather posh, like a neat doll house?

14 Aug 2019 6:53pm