Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lehi Roller Mills...Flour Sack Pillows!



 

 Lehi Roller Mills...
 Lehi Roller Mills is one of my favorite historical structures.  It was built in 1905 by a co-op of Lehi, Utah farmers who wanted a closer place than neighboring American Fork to mill their wheat.  George Robinson bought the mill in 1910 and his family has run it ever since.  You may not be familiar with this mill...but it is an American cultural icon...a movie star of sorts.  Do you remember the original "Footloose" starring Kevin Bacon?

One Degree of Kevin Bacon...

This is how the mill looked in 1984 when the movie was filmed.
That grassy corner is now a McDonalds.
 
Kevin Bacon's character worked at the mill.
The joyful, climactic dance scene was set at the mill,
but mostly filmed at Osmond Studios...and later, re-takes in Los Angeles.
It has been a local tourist attraction since the movie come out.
 
The Mill as a Dowdle Folk Art Puzzle.
 
Lehi Roller Mills Flour Sack Pillows...
 
18" sq. pillows made from flour sacks.
 
The mill has an attached store where they sell baking mixes. The muffin and pancake mixes come in calico bags, popular neighbor gifts at Christmas.  I bought the flour sacks there a few years ago to make curtains like they had in their windows.  I meant them for my workshop attached to the garage, but they didn't work out like I planned.  So now these pillows are going out on the porch this summer.
 
Wow! Two posts in two days...I'm on fire!
 
 
 
 

8 comments:

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

ooh, I like those pillows!!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Cute Easter parade chicks! Love the dollar bins!
Cool old flour mill and fun pillows you made!
Warmly,
deb

RetroSandie said...

I love your flour sack pillows!!!!

Patti M said...

Shirley I just love your little historical stories...hugs Patti M

VintageBettys said...

That is pretty cool! I loved that movie:)

DearHelenHartman said...

What fun! Love the pillows and the movie trivia.

vintage grey said...

Love the pillows!! So neat!! Happy Easter week Shirley! xo Heather

Tresa@710southmain said...

Cute pillows! Oh and I love and adore the Osmonds! :)