Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
113 Bollinger Mill Rd., Burfordville, MO 63739 - United States
Travel back to simpler days when business in Missouri was about the rushing of a stream over a dam and bridges were covered. Visitors to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site can learn how wheat and corn were ground into flour and meal in the massive four-story mill that dates to the Civil War era. Or they can stroll through the Burfordville Covered Bridge, one of just four covered bridges that remain in Missouri. The site’s rustic setting offers ample picnicking and exploration opportunities along the Whitewater River. Both structures are in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bollinger Mill has been restored as an operating, water-powered grist mill. Water from the millpond is diverted through the limestone understory, where it must pass through, and power, the turbine as it leaves the building. The mill contains examples of milling machinery such as separators, scourers, roll stands, millstones, bolters, purifiers, bran dusters, conveyors and chutes. Live demonstrations of making stone-ground cornmeal - as well as museum exhibits - interpret the evolution of milling in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is unusual in featuring both a working mill and a covered bridge, side by side. Burfordville Covered Bridge is the oldest remaining covered bridge in Missouri.
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