If you look on the 1875 map of Tusten you would see the hamlet with the largest print was Swamp Mills.  Most people are not familiar with the name today and some would not recognize the later name of Neweiden.  However, this community was important in the early days of the Town of Tusten.  The first town meeting was held here in 1853 and the small community was an important industrial area.  At one time a sawmill,  a brickyard, a blasting powder factory and an excelsior mill manufactured wood shavings that was used primarily for the packing of fragile items and turned out four or five tons of shaved poplar a day.

The post office of Swamp Mills was established in 1873, but the community decided to find a more suitable name.  Several names, such as Laurel Glen, were suggested, but were rejected by the Postal Department.  Finally, the names of two prominent families, Newman and Weiden, were combined to Neweiden.  The post office officially changed Swamp Mills to Neweiden on August 18, 1904.  However, this post office was discontinued on November 15, 1917.



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