I have learned working in natural resources through the VetsWork program that there is a great deal of responsibility and pride that goes into preserving some of these hidden treasures of history among recreation sites. I have learned that it is important to stay mindful and aware of our surroundings and accountable for our own actions while leaving a carbon footprint. There is a new adventure around the next corner many landmarks to see, some may be right under your nose or in you backyard.
Advice can come in many forms, when going out into your National Forest I urge folks to appreciate all that it has to offer. Be mindful of how your actions affect your forest and try to education others because one day it may not be there.
A little history: located near the edge of the Irish Wilderness in the Mark Twain National Forest, this area once had an operating mill next to the spring and high bluff. All that remains is the 25 ft. overshoot metal wheel from the mill. The wheel is located just downstream from the mill site, in the spring branch. A short path leads to the wheel and up to the spring. Turner Mill Spring exits from a small cave opening at the base of a tall bluff. Historic remains of the water chute that directed the spring’s water to the mill can be seen near the bluff and spring.