'Spring Fling' to save The Mill
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[March 22, 2007]
The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan
County has announced a "Spring Fling" to raise funds for saving The
Mill. The event will be at Hallie's, on the downtown square, on
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come and enjoy a Route 66 theme, '50s and '60s music, strange decor
from the original Mill restaurant, and great home-cooked meals. The
meal selections will be fried chicken or roast beef, mashed
potatoes, green beans, a roll, and a drink. For kids, there will be
chicken strips, fries and a drink.
The cost will be $8.95 for
adults and $5.95 for children. Donations will be accepted. All funds
raised will go toward the restoration of The Mill.
Hallie's Lunchbox is located at 111 S. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.
The Mill opened on Stringer Avenue in 1929 under the name of the Blue Mill. Its proprietor was Paul Coddington, who would serve
patrons grilled sandwiches at any hour of the day or night. A
Dutch-themed building with blue trim, it featured a revolving
windmill and waitresses dressed in blue with white aprons.
In 1945, Albert and Blossom Huffman purchased the building, added
a barroom and dance hall, and then painted the building barn red.
Over the years, the restaurant became famous for its fried
schnitzel, originally made of veal and later of pork.
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By the mid-1980s, The Mill had lost most of the Dutch-themed
interior and was becoming a museum of rather strange objects,
including a mechanical leg protruding from a hole in the ceiling.
The Mill closed in 1996; however, the building is still standing
in its original location.
The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County recently
obtained the property and intends to restore the building to its old
luster. The group hopes to eventually open it as a Route 66 historic
site and museum.
For more information, please contact the Route 66 Heritage
Foundation of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County]