Alley Spring |
Round Spring |
Round Spring Cave |
Blue Spring |
Rocky Falls |
Welch Spring |
Akers Ferry |
Pulltite Spring & Cabin |
Scenic Highway 19 |
Cave Spring & Devils Well |
Jam Up Cave |
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With its beautiful
turquoise water, Alley Spring has a 100 year old grist mill which you can tour. The mill is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop in for an up close look at one of
the Ozarks' most famous landmarks. There is no charge, but donations help
offset operating costs. Located six miles west of
Eminence, Missouri, on State Highway 106. Books and postcards may be purchased
at the mill. The mill machinery is no longer operational, although restoration
efforts are underway.
was home, farm, and school for people who lived here a century ago.
baseball games, and roller-skating were all part of Alley’s busier days. The first mill was built in 1868. A post office was established, named after a
prominent local farming family, Alley. From that day to this, the area has been
known as Alley Spring, Alley Mill, or just plain Alley. The
present building was
constructed during 1893-1894 by George Washington McCaskill as a merchant mill.
With a turbine rather than a water wheel, and with rollers rather than stone
grist stones, it was considered to be very "high tech" for its day. It served
the needs of the local community by processing the farmers' grain. Originally
unpainted, it was first painted white with green trim, then later the famous red
color associated with Alley Mill today.
Story's Creek School
Creek one-room schoolhouse is located within walking distance of Alley Mill, six
miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Route 106. Schoolhouse is open on
summer weekends. Grounds always open, but access into the school is limited.
Alley’s school in 1903 had an enrollment of 42 students. Church services were
also held at the schoolhouse.
Open From the last week in May through the first week in September, Friday and
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located adjacent to Alley Mill.
Spring is located approximately
13 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19. The
spring flows into an almost perfectly circular cavern that has collapsed, and from there it travels through a natural tunnel before it emerges into the spring branch. It is believed that a portion of the spring's recharge area is to the
northeast of Spring Valley, which means that the
water would have to flow under
the Current River to reach the spring. Round Spring was also one of the first parks in the Missouri state park system (1932). The Round Spring State
Park was incorporated into the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 1972.
Round Spring Cave
Round Spring Cave is
heavily decorated with formations
and the National Park Service conducts daily tours by lantern, that take about
two hours. Tours operate Memorial Day - Labor Day.
This is the largest spring in
Missouri and the largest freshwater spring in the United States. On an average day,
around 278 million gallons of water gush forth from subterranean passages, swelling the nearby Current River. Experiments in which harmless dye is placed into the
ground have shown that water travels from as far as 45 miles away through
passages before surfacing at
This is one of
Missouri's deepest springs and is located approximately 12 miles east of
Eminence on Highway 106. The spring flows slowly from a very deep cave shaft
that is situated at the base of a dolomite bluff.
Nine miles southeast of Eminence on Highway NN is one of the finest examples of this geology in the state, Rocky
Falls Shut-in. Rocky Falls is an
cascading waterfall that pours into a large pool of water. There are parking and picnic
areas available right by the water.
This is a great place to have a picnic and explore the waterfall area and do some day
hiking. One section of the Ozark trail hikes right past the falls.
Spring is located approximately 2 miles north of Akers on Highway K and is the
fifth largest spring in Missouri. The spring flows from the base of a wooded
dolomite hill near the historic Welch Hospital, and then flows to the river over
a rock impoundment. Thomas Welch homesteaded Welch Spring, in 1855, and a
gristmill was run on the spring-branch until nearly 50 years after the Civil
Illinois doctor named C.H. Diehl
purchased the spring and the area
the spring in 1913 for eight hundred dollars. Dr Diehl believed that the spring water had healing properties and that cool, pollen free air coming from
the adjacent cave would be beneficial for people with asthma, emphysema, and tuberculosis, which was called "consumption." After Dr. Diehl's death the property, including the hospital and spring, were sold to a group of people who
managed it as a trout fishing resort; until it was purchased by the National
Park Service in 1967.
Akers Ferry, located
30 miles outside of Eminence is the last ferry operating in the Ozark
National Scenic Riverways. The ferry has been providing transportation across
the Current River to vehicles for around 50 years and is a unique part of Ozark
history. This ferry is a throwback to the days when not all rivers were crossed
by bridges. The ferry costs $4 and operates during daylight hours.
Pulltite Spring & Cabin
Pulltite Spring is located close to Pulltite
campground, about 14 miles north of
Eminence off of highway EE. The Spring
branch carries a daily flow of 38
gallons from Pulltite Spring into the Current
River. The spring
flows from the rock
structures at the bottom of a cliff forming
a small pool.
Pulltite Spring gained its
name from the "tight pull" of the horse
down a steep hill next to the
mills that were positioned on the spring-branch.
The spring was
purchased by St Louis businessmen in 1911 and was run as a
fishing resort, until the area was acquired by the National Park Service in
Pulltite Cabin is across the river from the campground, next to Pulltite Spring
and the only way to see the cabin is by use of a boat or by wading across the
river. It was built as a vacation lodge by the six man "Pulltight
Corporation," which was created to develop the cabin into a retreat facility.
The cabin was completed on the day before Thanksgiving in 1913 and is open for
your exploration. The National Park Service hopes to restore it to its
Scenic Highway 19
Scenic Highway 19, the
first so designated by the Missouri Legislature, goes right through the heart of
the Ozark Heritage Region, an area characterized by clear, spring fed streams.
Missouri 19 starts near the Arkansas border around Thayer, runs right through
the town of Eminence and ends near Hannibal. To the citizens
of Eminence, Scenic Hwy 19 is known as Main Street!
Cave Spring & Devils Well
Cave Spring, located
on the Current River, has a long history of usage as a fishing, picnicking and canoe rest
spot, but has never been commercially developed. The spring rises a short canoe
paddle into a large cave opening on the Current River, from a vertical shaft 140
feet deep. The spring itself is a favorite fishing spot. During underwater
survey, a Native American dugout canoe was discovered on the bottom of the
One of the recharge
areas for Cave Spring
has been traced to Devil's Well. Located
off Route KK near Akers, this is a sinkhole opening into an underground lake larger than a football field! A steep,
gravel road leads to Devil's Well, where visitors may look through the karst
window to the water from a viewing platform. In the late 1960's, Devils
Well was mapped by Ozark
Spring Studies, an effort which required 62 weekends of
trips by divers, cavers and mappers. Devils Well was purchased by the National
Park Service in 1974.
Jam Up Cave
The incredible "doorway" to Jam Up Cave stands eight stories tall and is more
than 1,000 feet across. Due to the indirect light reaching deep into this
North-facing opening and the large lake within the cave, conditions are perfect
for preservation of plant species that have not been seen elsewhere in the
Ozarks since the last Ice Age. Access to the cave is only by canoe from the
Jacks Fork River. Follow the path about half way up the bluff and you will
find the entrance to this long cave.
Rivers is the point in which the
Jack's Fork River runs into the Current
This is located 8 miles east of
Eminence. Take Hwy 106 five miles to Hwy
left and go three miles to the end
of the blacktop. A short way downstream
old ferry crossing.
All information on this page was obtained from the
Eminence Chamber of Commerce website.