McCracken Mill

Valley Water Mill Park: A History

Jun 1, 2010

The Valley Water Mill area has long had an unseen impact on the people of Springfield as well as a profound effect on the community that grew up around it. In our ongoing series, A Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson investigates its long and rich history.

The History of Springfield's Water Supply, Part 1

Jun 10, 2008

Loring Bullard, Executive Director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and author of a book that details the history of Springfield’s public water supply. We met at Valley Water Mill to talk about that history. This was once the site of the McCracken Mill, then, in 1889, the private company that supplied water to the city of Springfield purchased the land. Bullard says the water company faced tough scrutiny.

Bullard says part of the scrutiny also came from an increased public awareness about the connection between illness and contaminated water.