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Rogers in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

War Eagle Mill

1832 ~ 1838 ~ 1873 ~ 1973

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, October 13, 2008
1. War Eagle Mill Marker
Inscription. In 1832, Sylvanus Blackburn left Tennessee with a wagon and four oxen, and came to the War Eagle River valley in Arkansas. He spent the winter building a log home and clearing the land of his homestead. He brought his wife from Tennessee the next year. One of Sylvanus' first projects was a water-powered grist mill. In 1838, a flood on War Eagle destroyed the mill. A second mill, four stories tall, was soon erected. Five of Blackburn's sons joined the Confederate Army and the rest of the family went to Texas. The retreating Confederate Army burned the mill on War Eagle to prevent its use by Federal troops. Sylvanus' sixth son, James Austin Cameron Blackburn, built the third mill in 1873. The village of War Eagle grew around the grist mill. There was a sawmill, carpentry shop, and a blacksmith shop, but the grist mill was the center of activities -- socializing, square dancing, and weddings. In 1924, once again the mill burned. For nearly 50 years only the dam and raceway remained. In 1973, centennial year of the original mill, Jewell A., Leta Medlin and Zoe Medlin Caywood built the existing fourth mill on the same foundation as an authentic reproduction of the first mill to preserve the history of grist milling.
 
Location. 36° 16.029′ N, 93° 56.588′ W.
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By Michael Kindig, April 27, 2004
2. War Eagle Mill
Marker is in Rogers, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is at the intersection of War Eagle Road (County Route 98) and Bettis Hill Road (County Route 1059), on the left when traveling west on War Eagle Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1104 War Eagle Road, Rogers AR 72756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Eagle Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Eagle Mills Farm (about 400 feet away); Van Winkle's Mill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rev. James M. Ingram (approx. 9.4 miles away); Cross Hollows (approx. 9.6 miles away); a different marker also named Cross Hollows (approx. 9.6 miles away); Original Site of Bloomington (Mudtown) Arkansas (approx. 9.8 miles away); The Butterfield Stagecoach Road (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
War Eagle Mill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 13, 2008
3. War Eagle Mill
 
 
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