Saturday, February 14, 2009

Flour kills

Memories of flour
Minneapolis has spent most of its history exploding.
In 1878 the Washburn "A" Mill, then the second largest flour mill in Minneapolis, exploded. A spark ignited the seven stories of suspended flour, blowing the lid off the building and destroying a third of Minneapolis's industrial capacity.

The Washburn "A" Mill was rebuilt, better, stronger, faster than before, and ran until the 1960's. In 1991 the building caught fire again. Preservationists took charge of the property and today the Mill City Museum stands on the site.

1 comment:

John said...

I totally believe it. Silo explosions were a not uncommon news item growing up in Nebraska. Also, there's a myth busters episode where they use a nondairy creamer cannon to good effect.