Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Hodgson Water Mill
Hodgson Water Mill near Gainesville, Missouri. Built in 1861 to harness the power of a massive spring flowing into Bryant Creek. Rebuilt in 1897, the tall, 3-story frame building sets against a bluff of the Bryant. The mill no longer grinds grain, but still houses the old milling machinery. (The nationally distributed line of stone-ground bakery products bearing the Hodgson name is now produced at a modern mill in nearby Gainesville, MO.)
Besides the mill, this spring once powered a cotton gin, a lumber mill, and a clothing factory. In pre-REA days (Rural Electrification Administration), the power of the water also generated electricity for all the mill-site enterprises. And, once upon a time, thanks to the constant 58 degree temperature of the spring, the mill was a popular site for neighborhood dances. This spring is still active and spews nearly 3,000,000 gallons of clear, cold water a day.
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