Rural Missouri - March 2015 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 67 | MARCH 2015 | Number 3 18 10 10 On the right track IN EVERY ISSUE Alex Muller turned his basement into a realistic railroad Mansfield keeps the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder alive T Notes Outdoors 18 Eats 26 Recipes Events 40 Neighbors Just4Kids 43 28 Missouri's little house legacy 12 42 Henry County sharpshooter shines at Mizzou here's no better cure for cabin fever than basking in the first warm rays of springtime sun, and Falling Spring Mill, seen on our cover, offers the perfect day-trip destination for such a purpose. Pack a picnic lunch and head for this secluded spot tucked away within the Mark Twain National Forest in Oregon County. Here, spring water gushes from the bluff creating roughly a 10-foot-tall waterfall that once powered the mill. An average of 500,000 gallons pours from the rock each day. The area was homesteaded in 1851 by Thomas and Jane Brown, who moved their family from Tennessee. Their cabin, seen at right, with its half dovetailed log joints, still stands. In its heyday, the Falling Spring settlement was an important waypoint on the pioneer road leading from Carter to Oregon counties known as "Old Thomasville Road." Now, the day-use area sees little traffic, making it a perfect spot for those seeking solitude. Perspectives 34 22 Eye of the Tiger ABOUT OUR COVER Cooperation 16 Rural schools educate the next generation despite obstacles Tips to bring birds to the backyard 4 5 14 Making the grade 30 Gardening that's for the birds 22 Landscapes cover and photo at right by Jason Jenkins The mill standing today is actually the second on the site. Built between 1927 and 1929, the mill harnessed the water's power to generate electricity, grind corn for feed and saw shingles and firewood. Its steel overshot wheel and some of the interior machinery remain. In 2013, vandals damaged the structure, tearing off pieces of sawboard siding and tossing them in the mill pond. Many of the boards could not be salvaged, but thanks to volunteers, repairs were made, creating a mosaic of new and weather-beaten wood. The mill is located between Winona and Alton. From its intersection with Highway 60, take Highway 19 south for 10 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 3170, which branches almost immediately. Bear left on Forest Road 3164 and go 2 miles. The mill and picnic area is on the right. To order prints of the cover photo, call 866-962-1191 or visit www.ruralmissouriprints.com. RURALMISSOURI.COOP | MARCH 2015 3 http://www.ruralmissouriprints.com http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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