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Burfordville Covered Bridge - Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Whitewater, MO

Photos by Terri Prepelka

   Burfordville Covered Bridge, once a necessity for farmers bringing in Bollinger Mill and Bridge - Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Whitewater, MO grain to the Bollinger Mill, dates back to the Civil War era. The bridge, built of yellow poplar, Bollinger Mill Entry - Whitewater, MO made use of the Howe truss design, patented just 18 years before.
   The 140 foot covered bridge, the Whitewater River and the grist mill are the highlights of Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. Seen under the bridge, the mill dam was originally constructed from logs, and Bollinger Mill Interior - Whitewater, MO permanently built of stone in 1825. Water, from the pond, passes through the limestone basement, where it powers the mill's turbine. All the mill's equipment, such as separators, scourers, roll stands, millstones, bolters, purifiers, bran dusters, conveyors and chutes, still support milling operations today.
   The covered bridge is Missouri's oldest, and one of four covered bridges that still remain in the state. The side-by-side historic structures provide plenty of photo opportunities. Tours of the old mill are available, with occasional demonstrations. Although the bridge is off-limits to vehicles, it provides a walkway for pedestrians to the mill and the 43 acre park and picnic area.

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