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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

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c. 1860. 113 Bollinger Mill Rd.
  • Bollinger Mill (Photograph by Bill Hart)
  • Covered bridge (Photograph by Bill Hart)

Situated on forty-three acres along the Whitewater River, the Bollinger Mill and covered bridge sit side by side. The current four-story brick mill, the third on the site, which reused the tall limestone foundation of an earlier structure that burned, is a rare and massive example of a working water-powered mill, along with separators, bran dusters, and machinery. Nearby is the 140-foot-long and 16.5-foot-wide covered bridge, one of four left in the state. This example was constructed by Cape Girardeau builder Joseph Lansmon, and his initials and the date are inscribed on the east abutment. The bridge, which was originally built of yellow poplar that was partially replaced with Douglas fir in 1950, employs a Howe truss that produces a fully self-supporting structural span. Originally, a toll house was located at the bridge's east end.

Writing Credits

Carol Grove
Osmund Overby, Carol Grove, and Cole Woodcox



  • 1860

    Covered bridge


Carol Grove, "Bollinger Mill State Historic Site", [Burfordville, Missouri], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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