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Gold Medal Flour sign atop the Washburn A mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, now the site of the Mill City Museum. Opened in 1880, the Washburn A Mill, designed by Austrian engineer William de la Barre, was the largest flour mill in the world, a designation it retained until the Pillsbury A Mill opened across the river in 1881. Washburn later teamed up with John Crosby to form the Washburn-Crosby Company, which later became General Mills.