Edwards Mill

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks (Hard Work U), Point Lookout, Missouri

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

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Edwards Mill

Edwards Mill, on the campus of the College of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri, was built in 1972. It is a fully operational replica of an Ozark grist mill.

The idea for the mill was conceived by William Cameron. Cameron emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1923. He worked as a miller and salesman for the products from the mills throughout the Ozark region for almost half a century. The mills in the region varied in size and output. “In all of Missouri, I called on about 180 flour mills, some of them as small as 25 barrels a day and others as large as 3,500 barrels,” Cameron once said.

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks (Hard Work U), Point Lookout, Missouri

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

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Although the idea for Edwards Mill belongs to William Cameron, it is Hubert (Hubie) and Alice Edwards who made it all possible. It was through their generosity that the idea became a reality.

Although only built less than half a century ago, the construction follows the traditional methods. The massive timbers that form the framework of the mill were morticed and pegged in the tradition of the region’s pioneer structures when iron fastings were rare. All of the wood used for the mill came from native woods that are found in the surrounding forests such as oak, maple and cedar.

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks (Hard Work U), Point Lookout, Missouri

Edwards Mill, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

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Edwards Mill was dedicated on October 7, 1972. At the time there was only one working mill remaining in Missouri. Since then many of the old mills have been restored to full working order.

Although located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks it is open to the public. As with the rest of the campus, the mill employs many students of the college who work as a means of paying for their tuition.

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Edwards Mill
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Edwards Mill
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Built in 1972, Edwards Mill, on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, is a fully operational replica of an Ozark grist mill
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  1. k Brubaker

    Can you tell me the completion date of the mill not the dedication date? I was there in 72 my uncle brought my family to see it.Also brought my husband there in 2014 as it was such a distinct memory of my childhood. BTW my Father was born and raised in Walnut Grove Missouri.

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