Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Frozen Millstream in Amana, Iowa


The Millstream in Iowa's historic Amana is pretty much frozen during this portion of the winter. A routing of a water supply from the Iowa River feeds the man-made stream that flows left to right in this photo. Back in the day the stream provided power to grind grain for the Amana Colonies.

A careful study of the exterior of these buildings shows several additions and repairs made over the years - including damage from high winds which toppled the tops of several nearby brick buildings. All have been repaired.

The villages of Amana is Iowa's largest tourist destination which features a look at how communal living worked for German immigrants in the 1800s and how it was transformed in the early 1900s. Know that.