The historic Florence Mill reopens in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – COVID-19 closed a landmark in Florence last year. Now the owner of the mill in Florence is planning a grand reopening to celebrate the “return to normal” and the history of the mill.
Linda Meigs bought the mill in 1998. It had been shut down for years and there was talk of tearing it down and replacing it with a grocery store. Meigs said the mill was her gift to Omaha.
“I thought, ‘How sad that we are tearing our story down’ and then we came to Europe for history as if we didn’t have any, ‘” she said. “I bought a piece of land and fell in love with its history.”
Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, built the mill while temporarily staying in their winter quarters in the Florence area when they passed through on their way to Salt Lake City. You gave it up in 1848, said Meigs.
Meigs had a lot to do to save the mill. The mill was in rough condition when the building was purchased.
“We shook up 14,000 pounds of fermented grain droppings, dead animals and pigeon droppings,” she said. “It was a disaster.”
The mill has been Meigs’ project for almost 25 years. She has improved with her money and grants. She said she didn’t charge an entrance fee.
“It was priceless to history,” she said. “It is the only building in the state that bridges the historical epochs of land pioneer attempts and territorial settlement.”
The mill is on the National Registry of Historic Places. For Meigs it was an affair of the heart to keep the history of the mill alive.
“It has become a legacy of sorts. .. Some people don’t even know my name. I’m just the mill lady. “
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