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Old Dawt Mill
Old Dawt Mill is located in Ozark County.
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Falling Spring Mill
Falling Spring Mill is south of Hwy 60 in the Mark Twain National Forest on the borders of Oregon and Shannon counties. The mill is located on a dirt/gravel road a few miles to the east off Hwy 19. From Hwy 19 take national forest road (sometimes designated with “NF” or “FR” before the road number) 3170. Then immediately make a left onto the first road, which has had many names over the years, but is designated as NF 3164 on official maps of the area. Follow this narrow road for a few miles. When you get to a cemetery on your right, you’re almost to the mill site. It’s just a little further on your right.
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Hodgson Mill is located on Missouri State Hwy 181 in Ozark County on Bryant Creek at the community of Sycamore about 4 miles south of the intersection with Hwy H.
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Old Dawt Mill
To get to Old Dawt Mill, take Hwy PP in Ozark County. This is east of Gainesville near Tecumseh. Go north on Hwy PP to County Rd. 318 at Clear Springs Church. Turn here and follow it to the river and the old village of Dawt.
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Reed Spring Mill
Reed Spring Mill is in the southeastern Missouri town of Centerville in Reynolds County, near the Black River on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. From Hwy 21 take Pine St. (on the curve) about a half mile or so. The mill is on your right.
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Rockbridge Mill is in northern Ozark County in the village of Rockbridge, which is about 2 miles north of Hwy 95. Take Hwy N to County Rd. 142. Watch for a small sign that says Rockbridge and turn there. Hwy 5 is another route to take to Hwy N. The big red mill sits on the creek, across from the bank and general store which still has the post office inside.
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Zanoni Mill is located on Hwy. 181 in Ozark County, in the southern portion of the state, north of the historic town of Gainesville and nearly 5 miles south of Hodgson Mill. Warning: Be prepared to go down and then up a steep grade on Hwy. 181 here. The mill site is on the north side of the road at the bottom between two hills. The spring creek crosses the road here.
Old Ozarks Mills
Award-winning photographer and writer Mike Mcarthy of Photozarks has spent years milling around the Ozarks region, discovering that the Show-Me State has some of the finest old water-powered
gristmills in the nation. In his book Historic Ozarks Mills, he takes you on a tour of these relics, some of which are open to the public during warmer months.
Zanoni Mill, in Ozark County, is located on the grounds of a picturesque working cattle ranch. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the mill from the highway, and the owners will usually allow visitors.
Now part of a fishing resort with lodging and dining, Rockbridge
Mill in Ozark County was built in 1868. The mill is open to the public from spring through fall.
Old Dawt Mill sits on the bank of the North Fork River. It is one of five historic mills in Ozark County. Recently, it was renovated and is now a restaurant at Dawt Mill resort.
Hodgson Mill was originally built in the 1860s. The current structure was erected in 1882 after a fire. Recently bought by new owners, it is still open to the public during warmer months.
Hidden deep in the Mark Twain National Forest of Oregon County, Falling Spring Mill was powered by a spring that pours from the bluff behind the rare over-shot wheel.
Built in 1881 to grind wheat and later generate electricity in the 1900s, Reed Spring Mill is on the West Fork of the Black River and a private farm in Centerville. Visitors can see the mill from the road.
For directions, view accompanying slideshow.
To order Historic Ozark Mills, visit www.photozarks.com.