Motor Mill Feasibility Study
Clayton County, Iowa
The Clayton County Conservation Board enlisted the services of RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects to help determine the sustainable uses and development opportunities suitable for the Motor Mill Historic Site and associated scenic area, a 155-acre site located on the Turkey River near Elkader, Iowa. The County area contains a primitive campground, canoe access, and mostly undeveloped hiking trails through the scenic Turkey River bluffs. The Motor Mill site itself includes a historic iron bridge as well as five native limestone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Potential trail connections to the site include an abandoned narrow gauge rail line that was used for years as a buggy trail. The study contained the following major components:
1. Potential partnerships, both public and private
2. Complete site analysis and site history
3. Educational opportunities
4. Access constraints
5. Marketing possibilities
6. Potential sources of funding.
The plan also includes graphite renderings that, with the report content, have helped during the fundraising process. Future development of the site will follow a phased approach as funds become available.