As we near the end of Northfield’s history month, I’m happy to announce the addition of new photographs to the NHC from the Northfield Historical Society’s Malt-O-Meal collection. This collection includes artifacts and images from the history of the Malt-O-Meal company, but it also documents key places in Northfield where it ran its business.

In celebration of our newest exhibition, “Malt-O-Meal Originals,” enjoy this selection of historical photographs of the Ames Mill, Campbell Mill, and other Northfield views.

Cannon River and mills

Cannon River, two mills, and downtown Northfield, long before Malt-O-Meal came. Taken in 1888.

Cannon River and Ames Mill

Cannon River and the Ames Mill long before Malt-O-Meal took up residence. Taken in 1888.

Ames Mill, 1930

Ames Mill in 1930, with Malt-O-Meal sign on top. Sign reads “Malt-O-Meal, A Cereal You’ll Enjoy. Made here, sold everywhere.”

Ames Mill with gas station

The Ames Mill included a gas and service station for vehicles from 1932 through 1981.

Aerial view of Ames Mill

Aerial photograph of the Ames Mill from the early 1970s. Neon letters spell out “Malt-O-Meal” on top of the mill.

Ames Mill with awnings

Ames Mill from across the Cannon River, with neon sign and red awnings, 1977.


Campbell Mill

Aerial view of the Campbell Mill, the site of the production of ready-to-eat cereals since 1961.

To see these images (and more!) in person, come to the Northfield Historical Society and ask for the “Malt-O-Meal Originals” exhibit. More artifacts from the collection will be posted on the NHC soon, so stay posted!

For more Northfield history fun, see the last week of events described here! Highlights include the History Hound Walk tomorrow (June 25), Teddy Roosevelt Live at Books and Stars on June 29, and the Vintage Base Ball Game on July 4 at 1 p.m.