Allamakee co. IAGenWeb Project
updated March 28, 2015


Photos of Waterville,
Paint Creek twp.


Waterville got its start in 1850 and developed quite rapidly, beginning with the building of the Riley Ellis grist mill, or corn cracker, on Paint Creek in 1850.  Jeptha Beebe bought and improved the mill in 1853 and also put in a saw mill the same year. It was, for a time, one of the most active places in Allamakee County.  After a brief period of decline, Waterville took on new life and prosperity with the construction of the Waukon and Mississippi Railroad in 1877. Waterville was incorporated in 1912.

 

Photo postcard, general view of Waterville, undated
Photo postcard, general view of Waterville, undated
~contributed by Errin Wilker



View of Waterville, early 1900's
View of Waterville, early 1900's
~source: 1996 Waukon State Bank Calendar
~contributed by Errin Wilker



Waterville, undated photo
The Waterville mill is prominent in the foreground of this undated photo
~source: 1996 Waukon State Bank Calendar
~contributed by Errin Wilker




Waterville mill gang, undated
None of the men pictured is identified
~photo postcard contributed by S. Ferrall

 

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