A landmark of Hopkinsville, KY
The elevators of Hopkinsville Milling are a familiar sight to anyone who's ever been around Hopkinsville. They sit at the head of Fort Campbell Boulevard, on one side of the strange 5-sided intersection where "The Boulevard" (as folks say) meets Walnut Street and East 21st Street.
According to an article by Kim Schippers that was published in the July 21, 2004, Kentucky New Era, a mill has been in operation in this location since 1907. At that time, it would have been at the outskirts of town along the road to Clarksville, overlooking some of Kentucky's finest farmland.
When we first moved to this area, I was interested in buying flour in bulk and I didn't know where to find it. One day I stopped by the mill and asked a surprised employee there if I could buy a 50-pound bag of flour. He wasn't sure if I could or not, so he summoned the manager. The manager said it had been 15 years or more since they had sold any flour "out the mill door". (I remember that he used that phrase.) Now it has been 30 years or more, I guess.
I suppose I should be ashamed of myself for not buying Sunflour flour and cornmeal more often. They have many loyal customers here but I still tend to use Gold Medal flour and Quaker cornmeal as I have for most of the years I've been cooking. I was amazed to hear a lady in a store one day asking, "Is that Gold Medal flour any good?" She was probably one of the many dedicated users of Sunflour products.
Those who live abroad in the service of the United States don't have to do without Sunflour products. The Embassy Grocer offers "Hopkinsville Sunflour Self-Rising Flour 5-lb." for just $1.42 (plus shipping.)