Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park

Also known as: Hastings City Mills, Lower Mill
Jct of 18th St. and Vermillion R., Hastings, Minnesota

The ruins of an old mill is the focal point of a popular park


Can't Miss the big sign!

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2019



Street View 


The Ramsey Mill was a successful operation in the late 19th Century, one of the mills that helped develop Minnesota's very successful milling operations that continue to this day.

The mill was destroyed by fire in 1894 and never rebuilt Fire is a natural hazard in milling operations because of the amount of dust generated during milling itself. The ruins became a park in 1925.

Today, all that remains are the stone walls of the original mill. A dam on the Vermilion River provided power to the mill through a 19 foot drop. The dam is gone but the rushing waters of the river provide a sounding background to the ruins.

For more information about the Ramsey Mill and to see photographs of the operational mill and of the mill after the fire, follow the link below to the NRHP page on the site of the National Park Service.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 1998
Reference number
Areas of significance
Industry; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Park; Outdoor recreation
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1856; 1894; 1925
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 2

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 3, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
  • August 2, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger