Vandals damage historic mill, information sought

Mill was damaged on four sides

Information is being sought on vandals that damaged Mark Twain National Forest’s Falling Spring Mill, located in Oregon County.

According to Doniphan/Eleven Point Ranger District Ranger Tim Bond, the vandalism was discovered May 18-19, 2013.

“Vandals ripped boards off the mill and then threw into the pond,” Bond said. “We have had vandalism in the past at Falling Spring Mill but nothing like this. Every side of the mill has been disturbed and they tore up our bulletin board. It is upsetting when vandals destroy a historic building like Falling Spring Mill.”

Damage is estimated around at least $2,000 for materials and labor.

“We will have to determine how to place new material at the site since many of the boards will not be able to be salvaged,” Bond said.

If anyone has information about who caused the damage, please contact the ranger district at 573-996-2153.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri.  Mark Twain National Forest is managed to restore Missouri’s natural communities and maintain a healthy, working forest.


Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 8:56 am