Old Mill


With thousands of flowing streams, territorial Arkansas was ideally suited for the construction of water-powered mills. Their deceptively simple engineering design belies their technological capabilities, given that many of these mills could readily be adapted not only to grind corn and wheat but also to gin cotton and cut lumber. The Old Mill at Mountain View, restored to operability in 1983, was built in 1914 to supply residents with fresh cornmeal and flour. Rather than being powered by water, it used a kerosene motor, which still functions and is regularly demonstrated for visitors.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Civil
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The pioneers of Arkansas dotted its landscape with numerous mills. Perhaps most-photographed is the ""Old Mill"" in North Little Rock, which really isn't what it seems. Designed to look like an abandoned 1820s gristmill, it was built in 1933 as a focal point for a park. Its claim to fame is that it appears in the opening scene of Gone With the Wind.
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