Rushing water was the power that turned grain into flour and timber into lumber at the many historic mills that you can visit around West Plains. Some mills provide an interpretive history about life in the 1800s, while others simply provide a place to walk, take photos, or just enjoy the beauty and history of the Ozarks.
- Original mill established in 1866
- Current mill built in 1897
- Now home to Dawt Mill Resort
With a rich history dating back to 1866 and a rumor of a young boy being paid $10 to burn down the mill in 1893, Dawt Mill has survived many changes in ownership and floods in its 155 year history.
“In 1995 Dawt Mill was purchased by Dr. Ed Henegar, an Oklahoma native, who was drawn to the Ozarks by the people and the natural beauty. Henegar was then, and would continue to be, the only physician in Ozark County for more than 20 years. Henegar continues to own and operate the mill.
The first improvement made to the mill property under Henegar’s ownership was the construction of the Cotton Gin Inn, near the site of the original cotton gin. It is a modern facility of rustic design with eight suites, wrap-around porches and a conference room. Chairs line the wrap-around deck of the Inn and offer a wonderful view of the property. The Grist Mill is just a short foot path away.” ~ dawtmill.com/about-us/history/
Today, Dawt Mill Resort offers various dining and lodging options; outfitting for canoes, kayaks or rafts; and has RV and camping sites, too.
32 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 160 west toward Caulfield. Stay on 160 and travel approximately 11 miles past Caulfield then turn right on Hwy PP. In about one mile, turn left on County Road 318 to Dawt Mill.
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