As outdoor enthusiasts, my wife and I are always seeking out new places to visit in the Ozarks.
Memorial Day weekend always seems to be the unofficial kickoff to the summer, so with the holiday approaching, my wife and I began researching places to visit that had a deep history, somewhere we had never been, and somewhere or something that would be interesting to Traveler readers.
During that research, we come across a unique place called Dawt Mill. This 1897 establishment sits just upstream from Tecumseh, Mo., on the high banks of the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County.
After reading some of the facts about this historical mill, we decided this was how we wanted to kick off the summer, by visiting a new, interesting place and learning some rich history along the way.
In 1874 President Grant conveyed a patent for the land where Dawt Mill sits today to Rhuma J. Isom. There had been a mill established on this property as early as 1866. The land was sold the same year and the land patent was granted to Samuel S. Price. Price then sold the land to James Coloson on an order to pay alimony of $500, plus the court costs for the divorce of his wife, Mary A.H. Price.
After a short time James sold the land to Ben B. Price and John H. King. At this time the deed was lost or destroyed and it was not recorded. In February of 1878 there was a sheriff’s sale for a $500 debt and damages of $17.35. In 1892 John C. Cauldwell purchased the property and mill. At this time, Cauldwell had a 425 foot angling dam and mill designed and constructed. The dam was first constructed of sycamore timbers filled with rocks.