Monday, October 15th

A green space and gathering place will be created out of the ashes of a restaurant destroyed in an arson fire in 2011, according to a recent briefing for the Friends of the Black River.

Town of Albion Chair Leonard Olson and supervisors Tom Tomter and Dan Hannan presented an update of the park project planned for the former Rustic Mill restaurant site located on State Hwy. 54, south of Black River Falls.

Before being remodeled in the 1960s, the Rustic Mill was the Charter Oak Mill. Built in the mid-19th century, the grist mill ground grain for area farmers.

“A lot of us have good memories of the Rustic Mill,” FBR member Grady Gutknecht said.

After the fire, charred wreckage remained piled on the site until this year. Acting on complaints the wreckage was a public nuisance and an eyesore, the town pressed the county to allow it to remove the debris.