Urbana Inn and Suites
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... Millross would have enjoyed seeing the shop so I took a few pictures. The Amana Woolen Mill is also an old business, 1855, and the number or spools of thread for the loom is hard to believe.
Does the name Amana make you think of appliances. Well Amana, no relationship, is now owned by Whirlpool and has a plant here.
Tomorrow we leave for our last overnight stop near LaSalle, IL.
... stopping today but will in Hammond Indiana.
Today is another windmill day. Seem like there are more and more as we move along. Must say it does not make for a great view. We find it interesting that many are not running. The temperature is rising so we have to turn on the generator so we can run the rooftop AC. That's better. After lunch we run into increasing winds. Not quite like riding a bucking bronco, but close. Wind does play games with a motor ...
... and got us a tour today!
The plant was absolutely huge - over 250 hectares, employing 2900 workers with a wage bill of $2 million per week and they turn out 10,000 units a year! Takes about 14 weeks to complete an average one! The tour lasted 2 hours and was awesome - seeing all parts of the production process and then we had time to inspect some of the models! The largest one costs $460,000 and had an ensuite, king bed, gas log ...
We enjoyed our stay here, although the days were hot, humid and lazy, but quietly relaxing. One of my favorite pastimes was watching Fox try to catch a ground squirrel. Just like the corn fields, where ever you look, you see these little varmints. The holes to their burrows are everywhere, about the size of a golf ball and hidden in the grass. ...
They were able to maintain their independence and life style by using the specialized handcrafts and farming occupations which they brought with them from Germany. Today, Amana is known mainly for its restaurants and craft shops, that include woodworking shops, wine shops, and even a brewery called Millstream. In 1965, the colonies ...