The Old Dawt Mill. Mo. Ozarks

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Date Taken July, 7, 2006 Kodak Z760 F/4 1/500sec. ISO-100 8mm Uploaded Aug.31, 2011

Dawt Mill, Tecumseh, MO Ozarks, USA


There is much speculation regarding the origins of the name Dawt. It has been told that there was a family in the area with the last name of Dawt. Unfortunately, the full story behind the name may remain a long lost piece of the past. Here’s what is known:

A mill was established at Dawt as early as 1866. In 1874 President Grant conveyed a patent for the land at Dawt to Rhuma J. Isom, who had homesteaded it prior to that date.

The land was sold the same year and the land patent was granted to Samuel S. Price. The following year, Price sold the land to James Colson on an order to pay alimony of $500, plus the court costs for a divorce from his wife Mary A.H. Price.

After a short time, Colson sold the land to Ben B. Price and John H. King. At this time the deed was lost or destroyed and therefore was not recorded.

In February 1878 there was a sheriff’s sale for a $500 debt and damages of $17.35.

Info taken from the Dawt Mill Website

To look at Dawt Mill today, it is hard to imagine a once bustling community where neighbors met as they waited to get their wheat and corn ground or their cotton ginned. Fall, winter and spring the mill takes on a quiet, peaceful feeling but in the summer the North Fork River comes alive with floating and fishing activity.

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