Whipple Creek Park group fights to protect old mill

Whipple Creek Park group fights to protect old mill

first_imgAnita Will has worked for years to keep a historic mill near Whipple Creek from tumbling down.A product of Day Hilborn, perhaps Southwest Washington’s most prominent architect of the mid-20th century, the mill is in a rugged state of disrepair. It’s getting “hammered” with graffiti, says Will. And despite the work to clean it, the spray paint just has a way of coming back again and again.For more information on the group, visit its Facebook page or its website.“Look, there’s more I tried hours to clean,” she says, pointing out the muted orange letters on the mill’s eastern wall.The structure has lost its mill look, as well. The water wheel is gone, the roof is caved in and the walls aren’t exactly all there.Bottom line: this old mill needs some work.So it’s a good thing people like Will love it so much. And it really helps that the structure is nestled into the forest enclave of Whipple Creek Park.The park is a beauty in its own right. A 300-acre forest enclave with miles of trails helping hikers, cyclists and equestrians get lost in spots where the sun can’t properly heat the cool air beneath the canopy.last_img

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