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The Ramsey Mill ruins can be seen near 18th Street and King Midas Lane.

Ramsey Mill ruins still stand next to Vermillion River

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Ramsey Mill ruins still stand next to Vermillion River
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

In 1855, Elbert H. Halstead located a claim on land at the lower falls of the Vermillion River. Eventually, Gov. Alexander Ramsey and Dr. Thomas Foster built what came to be known as the Ramsey Mill there.

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The falls at that time were about 50 feet wide with a fall of 19 feet.

Tragedy stuck on Christmas Day, 1894, when the fire department responded to a fire; the building was engulfed in flames and nothing could be saved.

The ruins of the mill still stand and are now on the register of historic places.

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