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Demolition underway of former Kirk barn in Rockton

The former Kirk barn, located along Rt. 322, was part of the flour mill that thrived during the 1800's in Rockton. (WJAC)

Officials said the last piece of a historical landmark in Clearfield County is being demolished.

The former Kirk barn, located along Rt. 322, was part of the flour mill that thrived during the 1800's in Rockton.

“If you were to look at this field right here, you would never know there was an active business that stood in this spot," said Denny Shaffner, board member of the Clearfield County Historical Society.

Shaffner said David and Jason Kirk built the mill in 1887. The barn was used as storage and a sales facility.

According to archives from the historical society, half the building was devoted to making house shingles and planing lumber.

The other section was the famous grinding mill, which sent products to just about every state in the country.

Particularly famous was the D.W. Kirk Buckwheat Flour bags that were considered to contain a real delicacy.

"Farmers from all around would bring their grain here to be ground and it was also known as a feed mill," said Shaffner.

During the peak of the local crop harvests, farmers would sometimes be lined up for hundreds of yards outside the mill waiting for their turn to get grain ground into chop or flour, according to archives.

Officials said David Kirk died in 1932 and two of his sons continued the ownership until 1970. Not long after, the house and mill were sold to the Krofts.

“As we travel roads no matter where we are in America, we never really think about all the lives and industry that went on along those roads," said Shaffner. "This is another one of those things that’s just going to disappear.”

6 News tried reaching out to the Kroft family but has yet to hear back.

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