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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Buchanan Cellers Mill
Yamhill County, Oregon

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


[photo] of highlighted property

Outside of the historic downtown district, the Buchanan Cellers Mill, constructed in 1888, is one of McMinnville's oldest industrial/commercial buildings and one of only a handful of tangible reminders of the City's agricultural beginnings, specifically that a flour-milling business once flourished in McMinnville. Indeed the building is the last remaining, intact flour-mill building within the city limits. The building's status as an anchor of McMinnville's original industrial district has persisted as it now anchors the area (the Granary District) currently recognized for its commitment to locally owned and operated commercial, industrial, and agricultural businesses. As the city's sole remaining flour mill building, the continued presence of this building solidifies a piece of McMinnville's past amidst a changing economy and streetscape. The old flour-mill building looms tall in northeast McMinnville, its presence a comfort and constant. While change is imminent and guaranteed, the preservation of McMinnville's only remaining flour mill building is an essential link between the agricultural past and the emerging future.

[photo] of highlighted property

The importance of the flour mill cannot be underestimated when considering the success and growth of a community like McMinnville. Since its beginnings as the Barnekoff and Allyn Flouring Mill, the Buchanan Cellers Mill has continued to operate in an agriculturally related industrial and/or commercial capacity while adapting to the needs of a growing and changing community. Although exterior additions and alterations were made, the historic Barnekoff and Allyn's Flouring Mill structure exists today almost in its entirety in the Buchanan Cellers Mill. Above this paragraph is how the Mill appeared between 1918 and 1924.

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