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The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park

 
 
The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Vincent DiNoto, February 28, 2012
1. The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park Marker
Inscription. Dedicated August 6, 1933, as Pugh's Memorial Park, the Old Mill is a replica of an abandoned water-powered grist mill that would have been used by Arkansas pioneers in the 1800s. Although the Old Mill never actually operated as a mill, the iron grist mill on the first floor of the building is authentic and dates to 1828. It served the Cagle family of Pope County for three generations. Developer Justin Matthews intended for the Old Mill to appear as the ruins of a bygone era supplanted by modern methods. "Now completely forgotten by the hurrying world around it, the Old Mill quietly weathers the years in the depths of its secluded valley," Matthews said of his vision. A memorial to his friend and business partner, Thomas R. Pugh of Portland, Arkansas, the Old Mill with its wheel turning symbolizes Pugh's tireless energy. Millstones on the second floor of the building came from the Ashley County plantation of Tom Knoble, Pugh's grandfather. Frank Carmean of the Matthews Company designed the park and Bob Massey supervised the project. Matthews commissioned Dionicio Rodriguez, a noted Mexican sculptor, whose faux bois (or fake wood) style was perfected in the details of this remarkable work of art. The Old Mill appeared in the opening credits of the 1939 movie, Gone With the Wind.
 
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The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Vincent DiNoto, February 28, 2012
2. The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park Marker
2008 by City of North Little Rock.
 
Location. 34° 47.473′ N, 92° 14.958′ W. Marker is in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Little Rock AR 72116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The "Little Rock" (approx. 3.1 miles away); Augustus Hill Garland (approx. 3.2 miles away); Geyer & Adams Building (approx. 3.2 miles away); Porbeck & Bowman Building (approx. 3.2 miles away); Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); Freedom Riders in Little Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); First Site: Arkansas College of Medicine (approx. 3.3 miles away); Tuf-Nut Lofts (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Regarding The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park. The park has been recently repaired, it is very pretty and makes for a great picture.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2012, by Vincent DiNoto of Jeffersonville, Indiana. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2012, by Vincent DiNoto of Jeffersonville, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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