Dillard Mill Historic Site is near the now miniscule community of Dillard, Missouri, near Davisville. The mill is located in Crawford County, in what is considered the upper Ozarks. Unlike Alley Mill, Dillard Mill is situated along a stream, the Huzzah Creek. A dam across the creek creates a mill pond, and the drop of water from the pond through the mill sluice provides power for the mill.
Because of the abundance of deep springs with high flows, and gushing rivers , the settlers in the Missouri Ozarks had no lack of good locations for grist mills and saw mills, both essential adjuncts to successful farming communities. Missouri has kept and treasured this special heritage. A visit to the Ozarks wouldn't be complete without seeing one or more of these surviving relics of a bygone era.
Pictures of springs and rivers without such mills are in a separate gallery. Pictures of Topaz Mill and Spring have been moved to their permanent gallery in the 'Places - Far' category.