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#63 - B&D Mills

702 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051

A flour mill, constructed here in 1902, was bought by Kirby Buckner and W.D. “Bill” Deacon in 1933. They converted it to a feed manufacturing complex. Edna and Bill Deacon raised poultry first at their farm and later in the back room hatcheries of their two feed stores on Main Street. A special feed mix was made for the pullets by the Deacons, and the poultry did so well that people not only wanted to buy the chicks, but also their feed. The business continued to expand, and the manufacturing tower containing Texas’ first electronic feed mixing system was erected on this site in 1950. The unique single-row concrete bulk warehouse represents a “rare building” according to the National Park Service and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.