Local landmark goes from ‘eyesore’ to state-wide attraction


A local man turned what he called an eyesore of living history into one of the top 20 reasons to visit Indiana.

We’re talking about the Bridgeton Mill, possibly the biggest attraction for parke county’s covered bridge festival. Owner Mike Rowe says he faced many challenes over the decades to bring the mill back to life. That’s after an arsonist set fire to the mill, a  tornado ripped off it’s roof, it’s foundation collapsed and much more. Rowe says some say the renovation of the mill is a miracle.

“I dreamed of bringing it back and saving it. In the beginning it was a daily nightmare and we were scared that it was going to fall down or things weren’t going to work out for us. But today looking back it’s just absolutely wonderful. All the good people that’s helped us and the good people who come through. It’s just absolutely wonderful,” Rowe said.

Today Rowe was selling copies of his new book about the restoration of the mill at Baeslers Market. The book is called ’14 Miracles’

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