Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Way to the Mill
In the days before supermarkets and, pre-packaged "ready-made" foods, families depended on small mills such as Mr. Gibson's. Here, their grain was ground into flour and meal, ingredients for many cooking needs. Historical evidence indicates that the Gibson mill was also a wool carding mill preparing the woolen fibers for future spinning and weaving. From miles around farmers and wagons would gather at the mill. Political discussions, weather forecasts and talltales would fill the air as each party waited their turn beside the large creaking water wheel.
The coming of railroads, grain elevators, and large steam powered roller mills signaled the beginning of the end for mills like the Gibson's. Yet, today as we travel the path to the mill, the thought of that lost way of life can supply us with much to take back home.
Location. 37° 6.929′ N, 93° 24.43′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from Tour Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at stop 1, Gibson's Mill, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Gibson's Mill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Signs From The Past (about 800 feet away); Gibson's House Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gibson's Mill Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ray Springhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fight in Ray's Cornfield (approx. 0.8 miles away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Battlefield.
Also see . . . Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.