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Farmers Co-Operative Creamery - Lake Benton, MN - August 2012

Farmers Co-Operative Creamery – Lake Benton, MN – August 2012

Farmers Co-Operative Creamery - Lake Benton, MN - August 2012

Farmers Co-Operative Creamery – Lake Benton, MN – August 2012

“H. R. Keeler always believed in the principles of co-operation and early in 1897 he, with other prominent farmers, organized the Farmers Co-Operative Creamery at Lake Benton. He acted as secretary of the organization until he moved to Aitkin, most of the time without pay.” Excerpt from http://genealogytrails.com/minn/lincoln/bios_e.htm

This beautiful creamery was built of ACO Bricks from Springfield, MN. At least some of the bricks are marked with ACO and the color is consistent with bricks produced by ACO. The creamery is right next to the lake. I haven’t been to Lake Benton in a couple of years, but was saddened to hear the creamery has been torn down.

It’s understandable, the economics of renovating the building to put a business in there just aren’t favorable. Still it was a building that gave distinction to a small town due to it’s architecture and was a common business in most small towns in farm country prior to 1940. Minnesota was the center of the dairy industry and nicknamed the butter capital of the world.

Further Reading:
A great article about the brick used in building the creamery
http://www.mnbricks.com/lake-benton-creamery