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Motor Mill

A Regional Treasure

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Summer Day

Photo by Matt Shaffer

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Keeping Motor Mill Clean!

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Explore the beauty of the Motor Mill Historic Site! Photo by Matt Shaffer

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Living History

Discover the story behind this historical treasure.

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Our Mission

To protect and preserve the architectural integrity, history, natural beauty and serenity of the Motor Mill site and its surroundings and to develop appropriate uses and interpretation as a regional treasure for the benefit of future generations.

Motor Mill News

Celebrate the start of the Holidays at Motor Mill with the 3rd Annual Bridge Lighting and open house on November 23rd from 5:00-6:30 PM. This event will kick off a year of celebration to honor 150 years of history. Motor Mill was completed in December of 1869 and opened for business that January. We will be celebrating this momentous occasion throughout 2020 with a variety of special events. Come down to the mill to celebrate with the Motor Mill Foundation. There will be hot chocolate and treats, as well as gifts to inspire your holiday shopping! Each year local friendly elves work hard to light up the bridge for all...

Motor Mill Trail Campaign

Motor Mill Trail Campaign

Make a Pledge! Tipping the Scale for the Motor Mill Trail. The goal of this project is to connect Motor Mill trail to the Pony Hollow Trail, creating a new segment, 7.5 miles within the Northeast Iowa Backbone Trail system. Would you please consider making a pledge to contribute to the Motor Mill Trail Campaign so we can Tip the Scale for the Motor Mill Trail? For more information or for a pledge form please click on the Pledge Link: Pledge Letter and Form  

Register Your Art Booth

Register Your Art Booth

If you are interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Motor Mill Art Show, we want to remind you to hurry and register! Whether you want to sell or simply display, call 563-245-1516 or email The purpose of this art show is to showcase photography and artwork inspired by Motor Mill and the Northeast Iowa area. Artwork does not have to be your own work, but must be locally hand-crafted items. Prints of original works are accepted.

2019 Motor Mill Art Show on September 7th

2019 Motor Mill Art Show on September 7th

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Motor Mill Foundation publishes “Milling Around” several times each year. Go to the Newsletter page to download or Contact Us to get it delivered to your email.