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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
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Owner description: Travel back to simpler days when business in Missouri was about the rushing of a stream over a dam and bridges were covered. Visitors to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site can tour the massive four-story mill that dates to the Civil War era and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Or they can stroll through the Burfordville Covered Bridge, one of just four covered bridges that remain in Missouri. The site’s rustic setting offers ample picnicking and exploration opportunities along the Whitewater River.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Great example of covered bridge and mill. Ask about hike to cemetery-it is small but very old and a nice walk

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Malden, Missouri
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“Historic Covered Bridge”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

This is a fun place to visit if you are near Jackson or Cape Girardeau, MO. You can walk across the covered bridge or picnic beside the old mill. Good for a day trip off the beaten path.

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133 reviews
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“Good Displays, Well-Presented”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

Though we live on the East Coast, we have visited several Missouri State Parks and have found them uniformly excellent. Bollinger Mill is an interesting building, well-preserved, but it was the tour by a State Parks guide that lifted it into the excellent range. She knew the history and explained extremely well the functions of the several sets of milling machinery which are displayed over the four floors of the building. She knew her stuff and knew how to present it.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank Virginiatravelerstwo
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Bray, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“Interesting if you like old machinery and tools”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

The park around the mill and the covered bridge next door to the mill were spectacularly beautiful and very well maintained. The mill was beautiful and the first floor was bearable in the heat. The upper three floors were barely bearable in the heat, and the guide was less than less than professional in his delivery. He needs much more practice before he conducts tours. If he carries a handkerchief and does not use the bottom of his shirt to wipe his face and carries a walky talky to talk to his partner rather than shouting he will improve his presentation.

Visited July 2011
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Newbern, Tennessee
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125 attraction reviews
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“Nice scenic stopover, if in the area and if you have the time.”
Reviewed August 31, 2010

Bollinger Mill is a great example of early-American craftsmanship, in producing a grain product by harnessing waterpower. This mill, still being restored at the time of this writing, is toured on several levels. It is intended to restore it to a working mill sometime in the future.

The lower two levels are self-guided and free. There are plenty of examples of how the mill operated, and things that could be made from mill products. A guided tour is available for the upper level, which shows the more intricate ways that a mill actually worked.

One of the nicer things about this park is the scenery. The mill still sits in a rural countryside setting. A covered bridge crosses the river that the mill used, and you can get great photos from both sides.

On the downside, this park is about 15 miles northwest of Interstate 55, at Cape Girardeau, MO. You have to go through the city of Jackson, MO to get to it, so the trip will take about a half hour each way. In short, it's not a quick jaunt off I-55 to reach it.

The mill is well worth a stop if you have the time. It's not a spectacular sight, but it is a nice way to spend a relaxing afternoon, or learn about the old ways of American ingenuity in pioneer days.

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