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Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri; our recent visit

Updated on November 13, 2014

A very popular Mill in Ozarks Country - do you use their flour, from your store?

My wife, Nancy, my daughter, Allision, and I recently toured five of the really neat mills in Ozark County, a few miles east of our home here in the Southern Missouri Ozarks. This mill is one we had really want to visit for some time, and we were not disappointed. We'd like to go back this weekend! ;-)

This mill is the most 'intact' of the five we visited. It is still in the same position and many of the mechanics are still in place, though in is no longer a working mill. See some of the photos of these elements as you move through this lens. The 'Hodgson Mill' floor and other products are now manufactured in a modern mill in in nearby Gainesville, Missouri.

Allison and I both took a number of photos on our tour. Each photo appearing in this lens was taken from that pool of photos.

Have you visited Hodgson Mill?

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Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri

Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri
Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri

The gift shop at Hodgson Mill is worth the visit

Be sure to visit the gift shop when you are at the Hodgson Mill, in Ozark County, Missouri. They have great food stuffs, a variety of books about the area, and a wide selection of souvenirs.

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Hodgson Mill Shop
Hodgson Mill Shop

The Gift Shop

The Mill is now a well conceived and maintained tourist attraction including a fine gift shop of locally produced arts and crafts interspersed with the working parts of the mill. Here we see the bin where the grain was place to go down in to the mill to be ground - along with some craft items!

Mechanics of the Mill
Mechanics of the Mill

Mechanics of the Mill

There are several locations throughout the building where various interesting aspects of the history of the mill are visible. This one shows come the mechanics still in place. Another is the door that leads into the area where the spring that feeds nearly 3,000,000 gallons of clear, cold water a day into the pond and stream below is located (not open to the public, of course).

Photo Gallery of additional photos of Hodgson Mill

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Allison by the pond and MillBill by the pond and MillThe grinder, in the shopCloser view of the dam, stream, and pondNeat signAnother neat signA wheel in the display area
Allison by the pond and Mill
Allison by the pond and Mill
Bill by the pond and Mill
Bill by the pond and Mill
The grinder, in the shop
The grinder, in the shop
Closer view of the dam, stream, and pond
Closer view of the dam, stream, and pond
Neat sign
Neat sign
Another neat sign
Another neat sign
A wheel in the display area
A wheel in the display area

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This looks like an interesting mill. I've never been there and must put it on my list of things to see down in the Ozarks area.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I enjoyed this visit to Hodgson Mill - and the photo's complemented the words beautifully. I doubt if I will ever visit so this was a good way to experience it. Thanks for sharing

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I love history, so of course I love this place. Hodgson mill was obviously named after some one. Who?

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. Your various lenses really make me want to travel east sometime. I live in California and have rarely ventured further than Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Elaine Chen: Thank you! ;-) It was a pleasure to visit! ;-)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      i like the photos of Hodgson Mill you presented here :-)

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Dusty2 LM: We retired here for the same reason your dad came... just like it! So happy you enjoyed the lens. I appreciate your visit and comments! ;-)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Dad was born and raised in MO. As a youngster I can remember many trips to the Ozarks when Dad took his vacations. He always seemed to like that area of MO. I don't know what the draw was but I was glad he chose the Ozarks to vacation. I always enjoyed seeing the trees starting to change colors in the early fall. It was a sight a person had to see for themselves to behold and appreciate. Your lens sure helped bring back some good ole' memories spent in the Ozarks. Thank You! Have an A1 Day!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Great place to retire, for sure! Welcome! Enjoy the Ozarks and environs! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We will be retiring in MO. Many of our SoCal friends think we're crazy, but I know how much beauty there is and I love the people. Our neighbors are true neighbors and have gotten out of many a jam with the house we own there.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love to visit old mills and other historic sites!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ohcaroline: Thanks. I thought it was pretty neat, myself! ;-)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I have used their products. Nice to know more about it.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ryokomayuka: Hope you can! ;-)

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      I don't think I have ever heard of this place but I love to travel so maybe someday i can go and see it.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @D_L_Harbin: Great! It seems many of our readers do. Neat! ;-)

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      D_L_Harbin 5 years ago

      I use their products, thanks for taking me there.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JadeHandmade: Thank you, very much! ;-)

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      JadeHandmade 5 years ago

      Interesting lens! I like your pictures.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Srena44: Thanks! ;-)

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Gr8fulGirl: Thank you, very much! ;-)

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      Gr8fulGirl 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your lovely lens and photos! If I'm ever in Missouri, I'll add the Hodgson Mill to my list of must-sees :o) Blessings from Maui, Wendy

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, so much! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Looks like a great place to visit. Blessed!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thank you. I appreciate the visit, the like, and the recommend! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thank you, I appreciate your support! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Keep working, wonderful job!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @norma-holt: Thank you for your visit. Much appreciated! ;-)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Never seen inside a mill as we don't seem to have them around where I live but enjoyed your visit to one. Blessed

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Neat! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JulieJohnson3: Thank you, Julie! It was a very pleasant trip. Hope you can make it, soon! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for your click. I'll be back soon to other

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      Julie Johnson 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      We live about an hour and a half from Branson. We'll have to visit the Hodgson mill. I didn't know it existed, but we love to visit Jolly Mill, which is about 30 minutes from where we live. Nice Lens.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @radhanathswamifan: Thanks for stopping by... ;-)

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      radhanathswamifan 5 years ago

      Interesting!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @flinnie lm: Thank you for the visit, so much! ;-)

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Great trip thanks for sharing, blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thank you. I appreciate each of your visits! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens.. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @randomthings lm: It was. Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Very beautiful. Looks like a nice trip.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Elyn MacInnis: Neat! I appreciate your comment! ;-)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Mills have such good vibes. I visited a barley mill in Tibet - it was run by water but very primitive. Still - it got the job done! Thanks for writing about this one!

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have visited some old mills in TN and NC.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I love old mills too. I used to live in Winchester, UK, where there is the old City Mill that still produces its own flour. It really is in the city so the setting is completely different from your Hodgson Mill even though the mechanics look much the same. Now I'm in Kent where there are one or two working windmills.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @aesta1: I really appreciate your perspective. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love old mills. They fascinate me when I think of how important they were to people at that time they were built.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thank you. It was a neat trip! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hodgson Mill is very nicely in tact and a name we all recognize by their products name...even if produced down the road in Gainesville. How fun that you have 5 mills in short driving distance from your home to explore...will have to be checking them out...wonderful photo memories that you are sharing!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Pete Schultz: I appreciate that you stopped by! ;-)

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      A nice chance to visit part of the Ozarks, Thanks

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @neotony: Hope you can! ;-)

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      neotony 5 years ago

      beautiful I would like to visit one day.

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos....looks like a wonderful place. Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Mills are one of my favorite things to photograph (along with covered bridges). Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful mill. It is always so interesting to visit these historic sites. Beautifully presented. Congrats on your front page feature!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I went to graduate school in Columbia, MO - but I was too busy to get out in the country and enjoy the Ozarks. I did vicariously enjoy your tour and photos.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      What a neat lens! The Ozarks are my favorite place in the world. Blessed!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      This looks like an awesome place to visit!

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      You light up my darkness :) Great lens.

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      bestvpn1 5 years ago

      nice! lens

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! It looks like some place that i would like to visit!

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      You did a great work, i like the way you write. love your lens.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tour. I know there are several places like Hodgson Mill in Southern Missouri.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Great lens. It is so nice to see other areas of the world. Thank you. SquidAngel Blessed!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      What a pretty place and a great lens:-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pawpaw911: Good for you. Hope you'll come back, when you can! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Thankfultw: Come on down, we'd love to have your visit, where ever you come from! ;-)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very beautiful place. I love Missouri. I spent many summers there as a child, down around Noel.

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      Thankfultw 5 years ago

      Well, Dr. Bill, you really do tell exciting stories and this is one of them! I would love to visit some of these historic places. Thank you.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: I appreciate your visit! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @LiteraryMind: Small world, isn't it! ;-) Thanks for the visit, the like, and the comment! Love it! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like a nice place. Thanks for sharing.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Scarlet Spider: Branson is a great place to start... something for everyone... all the Ozarks within a day trip... ;-) Thanks for the visit! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @KandDMarketing: Thanks for the visit! ;-)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I always thought it was just the name of a products. Something they picked for it's folksieness. Didn't know a Hodgson Mill really exists.

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      Scarlet Spider 5 years ago

      Great lens! Missouri is a state I've been meaning to visit one day, I've heard nothing but good things about it!

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SusanDeppner: Many times... but we are talking of another. It is an easy day trip for us. Thanks for mentioning! ;-)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It's beautiful! Have you been to War Eagle Mill in Arkansas? You should consider a trip!

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