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Bell's Mill, Monroe, Hart Co., KY

Kenny Browning, "The Feedman," has long been fascinated by the building in downtown Monroe, barely in Hart County, after leaving Green Co. travelling west on KY 88. He's posted a photo on ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr, and he's gotten a bit of information from a feed customer, Don Pedigo. But he'd like more.
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By Kenny Browning, The Feedman

Bell's Mill is located at junction of Hwy 88 and Hwy 677, in the town of Monroe (MAP), Hart Co., KY.


I've been wanting to post this the accompanying photo since I took it in early January, 2010. I've been holding out till I found someone to tell me what the building's original function was.

The building's last life that I knew of was for auctions held on Friday nights and it had been ages since that happened.

Wanted to think it was a general store at one time, but the window patterns said no. Who ever saw a store with windows on second floor and none on the bottom floor.

The front didn't work for a store either; looks like a drunk took out the front of the building and it was cheaper to fix it back as a recessed entrance.

Then we have the dormers sticking out of what could be the third floor, which raises the question: living quarters on the top floor ??Some answers came the day I posted it.Don Pedigo a life long resident of the area called today to place a feed order.

Don tells that, "Back in the day, it was the mill for the area to process wheat into flour and corn into cornmeal."I asked about the dormers in the roof and Don says he can remember that, yes, the building was used as a residence at one time.

The front, below the Coca Cola sign was the loading dock.

If someone from the area sees this, please leave some info about it in the comment section, at ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr.com

If you go to Monroe, Hart Co., KY: It's only about 45 minutes, up KY 61, through Greensburg and Hang a Left on KY 88, from the Center of the Universe, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY. About 38 miles or so. Comments on the Mill are also welcome at ColumbiaMagazine.com. Click to Contact/Submit


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Monroe, Hart Co., KY



2011-02-23 - Photo by Kenny Browning, The Feedman.
Kenny Browning, the Feedman, has been fascinated by this building in downtown Monroe, wondering about it's history. He's recently learned, from a customer, Don Pedigo, that the building once housed Bell's Mill. He wants to learn more. Seen in the ColumbiaMagazine group on Flickr.

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