Rural Missouri - May 2018 - 3
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nyone who visits or resides in the Missouri
Ozarks can tell you it's a rugged and special
landscape, full of places any hiker, floater or
photographer should put on their bucket list.
Greer Spring, as seen on our cover, lies at the center of
such grandeur. Located in the Mark Twain National Forest north of Alton, the second largest spring in the Ozarks
was named a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and
flows into the Eleven Point River - designated by Congress as Missouri's only National Wild and Scenic River.
The flowing water attracted settlers. The spring, town
and mill that sprang up above it are named for Samuel W.
Greer, who purchased the land in 1860. Greer's third mill
on the site was unusual as it was located a half mile up
steep terrain from the spring and used a system of pulleys and cables to power its machinery.
"There are only a handful of mills located that far
away from the water and it's one of the only ones still
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standing," adds Brian Sloss, a local river guide and president of the nonprofit organization Friends of the Eleven
Point River. "It was very unique for its time and it was an
engineering feat to have done that in the rural Ozarks."
As time and the forest gradually wore down the structure completed in 1899, concerned citizens took an interest in its revival. Thanks to the Friends organization, the
National Forest Service, the LAD Foundation, HistoriCorps, local businesses and dedicated volunteers, five
years worth of work on the mill building was completed
in January 2018. Although a few pieces of restoration
remain, the efforts have ensured that a piece of Ozarks
history remains standing for generations to enjoy.
For more information about Greer Spring, go to www.
fs.usda.gov/mtnf. For more information about Greer Mill,
go to www.friendsoftheelevenpointriver.org or follow the
group on Facebook.
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