ORGANIZATION: The Sawmill Museum
2231 Grant Street
PO Box 3191
Clinton, Iowa 52732
Located at the end of Main Avenue, off the Great River Road, on the Historic Lincoln Highway, and along the Mississippi River in the Lyons District of Clinton, Iowa.
CONTACT PERSON(S): Matthew Parbs
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Museum
DID YOU KNOW?
Being open 7 days a week, the museum is able to have much flexibility in providing guidance on accessing collections throughout Clinton. Most of all, the museum has, but does not like to, serve as an agent to accept items that would have a better home at other museums and arrange the donation of those items to their respective homes while adhering to the legal steps of transferring ownership. Put another way, even if it doesn't fit our collection, if someone is looking to "dump" their old stuff on a museum, we do the legwork for the donors to see if it will have a home.
The collection is rather minor as of now, but the collection is growing. While there is no comprehensive collection, the collections are diverse and provide a glimpse into Clinton's and the nation's lumber past. There are a few "unique" items. Mostly trade publications and pictures. For those interested in Clinton, Iowa lumber/sawmill history, the William J. Young collection and the Curtis Company papers are located in the Special Collections at University of Iowa. Both collections feature all the business papers for both families/businesses. The museum does have a growing collection of tools, saws, machinery, and other items that were utilized in the different processes. Related, there is a small but growing reference library on the lumber industry.