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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-8028
Contact: Jamie Cleaver, 573-226-3945
VAN BUREN, MO:Superintendent Bill Black announced today that the preservation work on Alley Mill has been progressing well and is ahead of schedule. If there are no unforeseen delays in the next couple of weeks, Ozark National Scenic Riverways tentatively plans to open Alley Mill on weekends in July and daily from August 1-17. The mill will be closed again beginning August 18 to allow for the completion of the accessible walkway into the mill. Visitor safety is the primary reason for closing the mill and nearby lawn while work is ongoing.
During periods of work activity, visitors can still cross the bridge and walk the trail around Alley Spring. Rangers are stationed on the grounds near the mill to greet visitors and answer questions.The Alley General Store and Storys Creek School are also open daily throughout the summer.
The input and support of the Shannon County Commission, Eminence Chamber of Commerce, and State Representative Jeff Pogue have been greatly valued during this time. The National Park Service strives to support tourism in local communities and recognizes that Alley Mill is a popular tourist destination.The current preservation efforts will allow the mill to be enjoyed for years to come.
States Superintendent Black, "We appreciate the patience of our visitors and the local communities while we complete the necessary repairs and upgrades. These efforts will help us ensure that Alley Mill will be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the improvements at the mill very soon."
For information on Ozark National Scenic Riverways, visit the park Facebook page, the park website at www.nps.gov/ozaror phone (573)323-4236.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.