Around Qtown: Prairie Mills; Golden, Illinois

By Travis on June 15, 2009

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I’ve known about the infamous Prairie Mills Windmill in Golden, Illinois for quite a while now, but for one reason or another I have never made the trek over to check it out. So, on a lazy Sunday I hopped in the car and header towards Golden. (directions from Quincy to Golden). I was hoping to take in the sights of the windmill and then grab a bite to eat. Finding the Windmill is relatively easy as there are several historical markers and signs. Here’s a blurb from a windmill website about the Prairie Mills Windmill

The Prairie Mills Windmill is unique in that it is the only operational, locally-built windmill that still uses its original gearing and grinding stones.  It is also unique in that it is the only surviving windmill in Illinois—and one of few ever in Illinois—to have used patent shutter sails rather than canvas.

Unfortunately the only place open was a gas station convenience store, and I just wasn’t in the mood for “microwave fresh” food. I took in the windmill and saw the sights in Golden all in about fifteen minutes. Not alot happening on a Sunday around noon. A few things that stuck out in my mind was the train tracks that ran directly through town. While I was grabbing some pictures of the windmill an Amtrak train came barreling through…and I mean that thing was moving. I thought they had to slow down to a certain speed when going through a town…apparently someone didn’t get the memo. I was also struck by the number of cemeteries right in Golden, the living to dead ratio seemed dramatically off.  Overall it was a pleasant little town. There’s simply not nearly enough to do to justify a family trip day, but it’s good to see passing through. I was fortunate enough to pass through Camp Point, IL on the way back to Quincy and stopped in at a local restaurant called the Railroad Park Eatery, a family joint who had a Sunday buffet of Fried chicken and all the fix ins, pretty good eating. All in all it was a beautiful day for a little road trip.

Here’s a sideshow of some of the images, click on them to go to the Qtown Flickr Page

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