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Native American for “brush,” the town formed as a scattering of buildings far removed from the town’s flour mill, which rose, tower-like, from a clump of trees. Today it’s a National Register-listed building and worth a visit.

The first settler of the site was James Bowers, who arrived in 1861. In 1867, the land was acquired by “Vine” Favor, who for years had driven a stage on the Lewiston route. Favor platted the town in 1882, and for a brief time it was successively known as Waterstown and Favorsburg. Finally, it took the Native American name Pataha.

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Pataha Flour Mill

Built in 1877, the Pataha Flour Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historically known as Houser and Sons Flour Mill, it supplied XXX brand flour throughout the world until closing in 1943. The building now houses a restaurant and historical museum.