Alley Mill | Near Eminence, Missouri
A hallmark stop on any trip to the Missouri Ozarks, Alley Mill is said to be one of the most photographed in the world.
Alley Mill was home, farm, and school for people who lived here a century ago. Dances, baseball games, and roller skating were all part of Alley’s busier days. John Knotts purchased the 80 acre site in 1902 and diversified the enterprises to include a well-stocked store and blacksmith shop.
A mill was vital to community life, where grain was ground to provide the daily bread. The present building was constructed during 1893-1894 by George Washington McCaskill as a merchant mill. It was larger than most mills in the Jacks Fork area and replaced an earlier mill on this same site that was built by 1868. Originally unpainted, it was first painted white with green trim, then later the famous red color associated with Alley Mill today.
In 2017, Alley Mill was predominantly featured on the reverse of the Quarter! The Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter was the 38th coin overall in the United States Mint “America the Beautiful Quarters Program”.
Today the restored Mill is open is open daily for tours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.