Old Mill State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
As you walk into the clearing, it’s as if you’ve stepped back into another century. To the left is Larson’s Mill, a simple building that was the business and social center for pioneer farmers, who would travel for miles to bring their grains to be milled. On the right, a log settler cabin faces the mill on the opposite side of the clearing. The steam-powered gristmill is the pride of the park and the Friends of Old Mill State Park group. It is operated once a year in August to demonstrate flour grinding. During Grinding Day, visitors can purchase a bagful of fresh stone-ground flour or bran and get an earful of pioneer tales and lore.
Old Mill State Park is located between Argyle and Newfolden just off the King of Trails Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Marshall County.
Today, the 26-site campground is a safe distance back, but still affords great river views. The group camp across the river has room for 100 campers.