During a recent cross country trip to get back home, my wife, son, and I stopped off to see the rest of my family.  While killing time driving through the countryside, we found ourselves in Williamsville, MO.  When we hit town I remembered Markham Springs.  Markham Springs is a recreation area in the Mark Twain National Forest, located on the Black River.

As a kid growing up my Grandpa worked for the Forestry Service in retirement.  Among other things, that I remember, he would help with the care and upkeep of the Markham Springs area.  I have a lot of good memories of when my Grandparents would take us kids here to hike, picnic, fish, and admire nature.

On this outing, I was enthralled by the old Mill and Water Wheel.  My grandpa tried to get the forestry service to let them run the mill occasionally, as he thought it would make a great attraction to the area.  However he was never allowed to.  As far as I know the wheel has not been used since the 30’s or 40’s.  The water from the attached pond has been diverted off so that it will not run over the wheel.
Please enjoy some of my favorites from this shoot.  Click Here for the rest of the shoot.