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Collins Mill

Collins Mill started about 1806 when Joel Collins bought land on Four Mile Creek at Collins Run in Section 25 of Oxford Township The Virginia native, who had been an Indian fighter in the Northwest Territory, built a powder mill there. An April 1810 advertisement in a Cincinnati newspaper said Collins had "erected a powder mill in the college township, one mile from the town of Oxford, where he intends keeping a constant supply of gunpowder of the best quality, which he will sell wholesale or retail, for cash, country linen, (maple) sugar, deerskins or fur taken in its proper season." Collins returned to the army during the War of 1812 and then became a state legislator who worked to establish and sustain Miami University until his death Nov. 15, 1860, at the age of 88. (Also see Chaw Raw Hill.)

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