Benson Grist Mill

(Stansbury Park UT)
The restored historic Benson Grist Mill operated from 1854 to the 1940s processing wheat and corn for settlers in the Tooele Valley. A park developed around it includes other structures moved onto the site.

Benson Grist Mill

There were cabins like the Forsyth Pioneer Cabin built in 1872, a windmill, a smaller mill moved there, a ‘Home-on-the-Range’ trailer used by remote shepherds, a barn, a Blacksmith Shop, a Country Store, and antique equipment.

Pioneer Cabins
Smaller Mill & Windmill

Tours are offered when volunteers are available, and special events are held throughout the year. It is closed during winter, and opens in mid-June. It was not open when I visited, but the groundskeeper was at work and let me in to get photos.

Shed & Home-on-the-Range

Too bad I didn’t get to go inside the buildings. I suspect it would have been interesting and a good history lesson.

Camp: Wasatch-Cache NF-Willow Canyon boondock
Scene: Mill, historic buildings

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5 Responses to Benson Grist Mill

  1. OFM June 30, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks for giving us a tour; as much as possible.

    • Pleinguy June 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

      No problem. Thanks for reading, Barney.

  2. Judith June 30, 2022 at 7:46 pm #

    Where’s the water? I guess they moved the mill too preserve it.

    • Pleinguy June 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

      There’s a canal nearby, and a channel with a gate they can open to get a water flow for the wheel. Not obvious in the photo, though. The mill is on the original site.

      • Judith July 1, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

        Thanks!! Glad to know there is water….

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