Friday, June 29, 2012

Hodgson Mill




These days, when afternoon temperatures have hit above 100˚, it's nice to be out in the relative cool of the morning.  Last week a friend and I left early, driving north from Gainesville, Missouri through quiet countryside on highway 181.  At a bend in the road, we stopped at the historic Hodgson Mill in Sycamore, Missouri.

Built in 1861 to utilize the power of a huge spring, the mill was once a bustling center of community activity, powering a cotton gin, a clothing factory, and a lumber mill.  Now, it's image can be seen on flour sacks from a national chain that adopted its its name, and it serves as a back country stop for tourists.  




The mill's activity has changed, but the spring hasn't; 
Of the nearly 3,000,000 gallons of water that gush from it daily,
some of it flows into a clear mill pond 
that encases an underwater garden, moving with the flow of the current, 
then over a small waterfall...





...before ribboning its way to join the clear waters of the Bryant River. 
It was cool there that day, relative to the surroundings, 
the icy water spreading its influence in the nearby woods.





Downstream, at Warren Bridge...




Where cliffs tower over glassy waters...




...we hated to break the silence.
Only the birds and bullfrogs had that privilege. 



...He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.

Psalm 23:2, 3 



Linking with Weekly Top Shot




31 comments:

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous, Connie! That's a beautiful mill and the scenery is wonderful! I like the last shot.

Tricia Hays said...

I've been wanting to go there for a couple years, now, & we were close last summer, but didn't have the time to make it all the way over... Quite the incentive to go ahead & make the trip this summer! Wonderful captures, Connie! =)

Heather said...

Beautiful! I've seen many pictures of the mill and each one is beautiful. The water is perfect. I hope to one day be able to make it down there to see it.

Jeannelle said...

Nice tour. I sometimes buy Hodgson's Mill flour.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful scenes.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wow! Such beautiful photos! I can see paintings in all of them!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Nice place to visit but the heat would keep me away.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that’s a lot of water! What a great looking place.

We used to go out of our way to drink from a spring on hot summer days as kid back in the UK. I'd be surprised if that was allowed anymore!

Thanks for the comments and the follow on my "wordy" blog - I put a fair amount of time into it and it’s good to have somebody new along for the ride.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Jeanne said...

Connie I love these shots. Have spent much time in Mo. and have never heard of this mill. Will definitely have to look it up on my travels. Looks like a perfect place to visit on a summer morning. Have you been to War Eagle? that is lovely also!

S. Etole said...

What a serene sight. You capture so much beauty.

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh i know that label!
what a beautiful place
and glorious water!
my toes feel hungry to dangle
in that colorful pool:)
thanks for the cool watery share,
Jennifer

Sharon K said...

Connie-
These pictures stun me with God's beauty that you have captured and shared with us. I have never heard of the Mill but should add it to our list of 'places to go'.
The water looks especially inviting as we experience 106 degrees with a broken air conditioner. A dip in the water would spoil the serenity though. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

Tito Eric said...

This series is just awesome. Thank you for sharing!

thecoalminerandme.com said...

What beautiful photos. It's a lovely world in which we live and you captured it wonderfully!

Susan said...

These are just amazing photo's!! I'd love to visit♥

Linda said...

What a beautiful place! I have used their products - just didn't know the history behind it! Thank you for the photos and the history lesson!

Tamar SB said...

Wow, what a beautiful place! I love the first picture with the small falls and the mill! Gorgeous!

pens and needles said...

Timeless beauty in our backyard...

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Oh what gorgeous photos you have captured ~ Wow! ~ thanks,^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful place and your shots captured it perfectly.

Linda said...

Wow...what a great place to visit....beautiful images!

Sandra said...

Beautiful water shots, Connie. Hodgson Mill is so picturesque and I just love that third shot of meandering water and greenery.
Happy Sunday to you, despite your sweltering temperatures! Whew!
Sandra

Karen said...

That's a beautiful spot. Great shots!

Min fotogen said...

this was very great pictures from a wounderful place!
Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Claeys said...

I recognize the mill and think I have a couple of bags of flour in the cupboard from that company.

Thank you so much for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week, Connie.

Deborah said...

what a fabulous walk through history, and your photos depicting the story are fantastic!

Madge Bloom said...

Oh my... I feel refreshed looking at your images today... they are all restful as is the peace of resting in Him and His Word... Thank you Connie, for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #37!

Jodi said...

The photos remind me of our visit to Arkansas. My son and his wife were married on land along the White River that has been in her mother's family for generations. I especially love your mossy Mill Pond photo.

JipetSun said...

Wow ! I wish I could see it with my own eyes, your photos are giving such a quiet, peaceful, and pleasant view of that place ;)

Lutiemom said...

What a beautiful and peaceful place that reveals the peace and wonder of our God. Love it!

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautiful photographs, Connie.
That mill is gorgeous!