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Feed Mills and similar farm-related industries were an important part of Auburn's development. This industry sold food products for livestock and pets, sold seed for crops, processed grains for farmers, provided an income for a few Auburn residents and, like many early business establishments, provided residents a place to briefly socialize before returning to the demands of their day.
While the machinery and processes utilized by these old feed mills were considered "state of the art" at that time, the exposed mechanisms and massive gears would give any OSHA inspector nightmares by today's standards. Yet, thanks to the ingenuity, perseverance and hard work of our ancestors, these devices were used to improve their lives.