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Old Dawt Mill, Ozark County, MO: Our Recent Visit

Updated on August 29, 2017

One of the Mills on our recent 5-Mill Tour in Ozark County, Missouri - have you taken the tour?

The Old Dawt Mill was built on the North Fork of the White River in 1900 by Alva Hodgson, master millwright, a few miles of present day Tecumseh, Missouri. It currently serves as the centerpiece of a fine resort known for its canoeing, kayaking and the trout fishing. The restaurant in the old mill building was closed the day we visited. My wife, Nancy, my daughter, Allison, and I visited on a Monday in August 2012.

Allison and I both took photos. Each of the photos in this lens is taken from that group of photos. The intro photo is of the wheel on the north end of the mill building.

I hope you can pick up some of the enjoyment we felt from the visit from the photos we share below.

Visited Ozark Mills?

Have you visited one or more Mills in the Ozarks?

Water Mills of the Missouri Ozarks - Great overview of Ozarks Mills at a reasonable price

Water Mills of the Missouri Ozarks
Water Mills of the Missouri Ozarks

This is one of our favorite books on this subject. It is full of information and great photos of Ozarks Mills throughout the Missouri Ozarks.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in this very neat subject, whether you can come visit or not! ;-)

 
Brochure of the Old Dawt Mill
Brochure of the Old Dawt Mill

The Old Dawt Mill is located on a back road along the North Fork of the White River

The place take you quick back in time to a slower pace and quieter life.

"Though the tin roof is rusted and the wood siding scoured by wind and time, the building looks much as it has since its construction in 1900..."

As you approach the mill, you note the housing units on the left, the many available canoes and kayaks on your right, and the clear, clean water of the North Fork just to the right beyond the mill building. This spring-fed river runs crystal clear and cold through the Mark Twain National Forest and is virtually pollution free. A United State Forest Service hydrologists has called it "the jewel of the Ozarks."

Trout fishermen from all over the country love it! ;-)

Photos from Old Dawt Mill - Many more could be shared, but these are representative.

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A close up of the Water Wheel on the north end of the mill building. It is no longer in a working position, of course.The mill building itself now houses the restaurant at the center of the complex.Looking to the right from the steps to the restaurant - the wheel is on the end of this building.A cute little free library for guests. The mill building is to the right, the lodging is to the left. The river is directly ahead in this viewA map and description of the trout fishing areas of the North Fork of the White River, behind the sign.The gift shop in the mill.A large photo of the mill hanging in the gift shop.The lodging complex... large lodge straight ahead, smaller cabins to the right and left.The dam on the river and pond created. The pond feeds down the mill trace by the mill. Beautiful setting! ;-)Another view of the wheel.
A close up of the Water Wheel on the north end of the mill building. It is no longer in a working position, of course.
A close up of the Water Wheel on the north end of the mill building. It is no longer in a working position, of course.
The mill building itself now houses the restaurant at the center of the complex.
The mill building itself now houses the restaurant at the center of the complex.
Looking to the right from the steps to the restaurant - the wheel is on the end of this building.
Looking to the right from the steps to the restaurant - the wheel is on the end of this building.
A cute little free library for guests. The mill building is to the right, the lodging is to the left. The river is directly ahead in this view
A cute little free library for guests. The mill building is to the right, the lodging is to the left. The river is directly ahead in this view
A map and description of the trout fishing areas of the North Fork of the White River, behind the sign.
A map and description of the trout fishing areas of the North Fork of the White River, behind the sign.
The gift shop in the mill.
The gift shop in the mill.
A large photo of the mill hanging in the gift shop.
A large photo of the mill hanging in the gift shop.
The lodging complex... large lodge straight ahead, smaller cabins to the right and left.
The lodging complex... large lodge straight ahead, smaller cabins to the right and left.
The dam on the river and pond created. The pond feeds down the mill trace by the mill. Beautiful setting! ;-)
The dam on the river and pond created. The pond feeds down the mill trace by the mill. Beautiful setting! ;-)
Another view of the wheel.
Another view of the wheel.

A Living History of the Ozarks

A Living History of the Ozarks
A Living History of the Ozarks

This is a fine book of broader interest in life in the Ozarks. The author also wrote and published the Mills tour that we used to take our tour.

I highly recommend this book if you have any interest in Ozarks life. You don't need to life here to love the life and stories of living here.

 

Dam and pond on North Fork of White River; view upstream from Old Dawt Mill

Dam and pond on North Fork of White River; view upstream from Old Dawt Mill
Dam and pond on North Fork of White River; view upstream from Old Dawt Mill

Tecumseh, MO, on Google Maps

Tecumseh is the nearest town to Old Dawt Mill. The mill is a few miles to the east.

A marker -
Tecumseh, Missouri
get directions

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @susanholland10: Thank you! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you! ;-)

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      The Question I asked the other day has been answered; Alva Hodgson built Hodgson Mill as well as others. I love the pictures and this lens!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      The Ozarks is a beautiful place to live and visit. I love the old mills and bridges in the area, and you can't beat the landscape!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Pete Schultz: My pleasure to share it with you. Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Your comments are really appreciated. Thank you, as always! ;-)

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      Another enjoyable visit to southern Missouri, thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We can all use a step back in time to just explore the remnants of days gone by...thank you for bringing us along to the old Dawt Mill and sharing the beauty and history.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AllisonsAttic: Thanks for your contributions and company! ;-)

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      AllisonsAttic 5 years ago

      Great mix of pictures and info in this lense...makes me want to go take the tour again!!