Throughout the 1800’s, Missouri settlers often established towns near rivers to help establish lines of trade and travel. Mills were a cornerstone to these small communities, especially in the Ozarks where powerful springs helped foster the energy needed to ground corn into cornmeal. Many of the old mills scattered throughout the Missouri hillsides have been left to decay and only lucky hikers pass by their locations. However, there are a hand full of mills that have been preserved, restored, and protected in the Show Me State. Here are 13 incredible mills that you can find hidden among the Missouri hills.

Have you been to any of the mills on this list? Do you have memories or stories from when these mills were operational? Share your experience or history with us in the comments below.

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