Mission Mill Museum

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Thomas Kay Woolen Mill
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Thomas Kay Woolen Mill from the rear, showing the dye house
Mission Mill Museum is located in Oregon
Mission Mill Museum
Location Salem, Oregon
Coordinates 44°56′6″N 123°1′37″W / 44.93500°N 123.02694°W / 44.93500; -123.02694Coordinates: 44°56′6″N 123°1′37″W / 44.93500°N 123.02694°W / 44.93500; -123.02694
Built 1889
Architect Walter D. Pugh
Governing body Mission Mill Museum Association
NRHP Reference # 73001579
Added to NRHP May 8, 1973

Willamette Heritage Center is a historic museum located in Salem, Oregon, United States. It features working displays of a woolen mill—the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill—and several historic Salem buildings that have been relocated to the mill site.

Mill history[edit]

The original Kay Woolen Mill was opened in 1890, by Thomas L. Kay, whose family eventually founded Pendleton Woolen Mills.[1] The workforce of 50 labored 60-hour weeks. In 1895, a fire destroyed much of the mill and outbuildings. Kay died in 1900 and his son Thomas B. Kay took over as president and served until his own death in 1931.[1]

By 1898 the mill had been rebuilt. Two additional stories were added in 1941.

Museum[edit]

The museum includes a water power interpretive exhibit by Portland General Electric. The exhibit demonstrates how the mill was run using the water from Mill Creek.

Structures on the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

  • Jason Lee House (1841) - a home of Jason Lee which, with the Parsonage, are the earliest known frame buildings in Salem, and perhaps the oldest remaining in the state
  • Methodist Mission Parsonage (1841)
  • John D. Boon House (1847)
  • Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church (1858)
  • Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1889)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas Kay. Salem Online History. Salem Public Library. Retrieved on July 24, 2009.

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