Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

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Comments (11)

Ryan Calhoun on December 2, 2007

The site of Missouri's oldest covered bridge.

Maggie on December 2, 2007

Come this spring I know where I am going on a scooter trip! Thanks Ryan, this is just beautiful!

Lilypon on December 2, 2007

Wow the building beside it is enormous and it's so unusual to see one partially built into a river bed (however we don't see those buildings here)!

Very nice Ryan! :D

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 3, 2007

…Ah, now I see the opening (gate) for the water. Interesting! There could be many ressources for electricity opened again with all these big rivers and the energy of water, and maybe Nuclear plants and CO2 producing sources wouldn't be needed anymore. - Sorry, I just dreamt!

Greetings, May

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 3, 2007

I forgot to say, it's a beautiful photo. I love the shadow of the tree on the wall of the house and the sun on the grass in the foreground.


Ryan Calhoun on December 3, 2007

Thanks Maggie! It's a wonderful drive down. I took MM/M to Barnhart, then 61 south to Jackson. Then on the way back, UU and M west to 51 north. It's some of the most peaceful and relaxing driving I've done in quite a while. Many more beautiful photo spots along the way than what I stopped for, but I was just having too much fun driving. The trees around home were already in full color or bare when I left, but down here it was still completely green (I was hoping to get to this bridge with fall colors around it).

And thanks, Pam and May! I thought it was an unusual design for a mill as well. Usually, the paddle wheel sticks out in the water, and the rest of the mill structure is back on the shore. I don't know why, but here the mill works are built on top of the wheel.

Pam, do you see the small ledge against the wall, just over the dam? It's very narrow going around the corner. This is the place I was standing when I realized all of a sudden I didn't have the camera strap on the whole time. I reminded myself out loud not to trip and drop the camera in the water.

May, it will interest you to know that there are new experiments with farms of giant ocean buoy-pistons to collect wave energy, and propeller -style turbines on river beds to collect energy from the very strong current. They say the currents and waves are so strong the machines keep breaking, but they're able to generate enough electricity to power a small town from just a single farm of 20-40 units.

Greetings, Ryan

© Carsten on December 3, 2007

Hi Ryan, it is a cool photo combining the two objects in one picture. The story is very interesting. I like the big shadow of the tree. I don't know why but this shadow creates a feeling and a mood of the past times.



Ryan Calhoun on December 4, 2007

Hello Carsten and John. Thanks for your comments. It's a very nice place, both the buildings and the trees growing around them. I didn't leave myself enough time to take a tour, but it is a still operational corn mill, and they will schedule a milling demonstration if you want to see.

Maybe Maggie will take some pictures of the inside when she visits in the spring!?

Greetings, Ryan

Manfred1220 on December 6, 2007

You have a beautiful series of the old mill and of the covered bridge. This design has tradition in Europe. The most powerful one crosses the Rhine. The wooden construction is impressive. I think, maybe that interests you.

Greetings of Vienna, Manfred

Ryan Calhoun on December 7, 2007

Thanks Manfred. Yes, thank you for the pictures, I will take a look.

Greetings, Ryan

em_mar_10 on January 27, 2009

This is a great shot! Thank you, Ryan for photo-documenting and sharing so much of the history and landscape of the places you have lived and visited. This area looks like it would be a nice highlight for a day trip that I will certainly have to take sometime!

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  • Uploaded on December 1, 2007
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    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/10/29 11:54:14
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
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    • F/Stop: f/10.000
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