Wamego Dutch Mill and Prairie Village
Wamego City Park
Wamego, KS 66547
Phone: (785) 456-2040
The Old Dutch Mill, overlooking Wamego City Park, was built in 1879 on the Schonhoff farm 12 miles north of Wamego. It stands 40 feet high and is 25 feet in diameter at its base. The family-operated mill did custom grinding of feed and grain for a few years but ceased operation around 1890. In 1924, a group of Wamego businessmen conceived the idea of moving the structure to Wamego. Drawings and photographs of the mill were made and the layers of stone were numbered, as were the stones in each layer. The stones and the machinery were hauled to Wamego by horse-drawn wagons and the mill was reconstructed at its present location. In 1988, the community commissioned a milling expert to design a plan to restore the mill to its original function and today flour and corn meal made from grain ground in the mill are still available.
Located in the eastern portion of the Wamego City Park is the historic Wamego village complex, operated by the Wamego Historical Society. The central attraction is the museum, housed in a building that replicates the original City Hall from the late 1800s. Also located in the village is White Chapel School, the Louisville Jail, a general store, telephone exchange building and a log cabin. Also in the complex is the only remaining reminder that Wamego was once the last stop on the main Union Pacific cross country line - the machine shop.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 1:00-4:00pm.
Winter Hours: November 1 - April 1, Tuesday - Sunday 1:00-4:00pm, Closed Monday. Admission: $1 - students $4 - adults, AAA and Military Discounts available.