Episode 11: Bigfoot, The Ozark Howler & Black Panthers in Missouri

On the latest episode of From the Foothills, host Clint Lacy speaks with Cameron McConnell, an anthropologist at the University of Missouri about such subjects as Bigfoot, The Ozark Howler and Black Panthers in Missouri’s Native-American culture and history. A fascinating interview!


Episode 8: Secret History of the Wild Wild West

A Book Review of Daniel J Duke’s book “The Secret History of the Wild Wild West”. Daniel J Duke claims that he is the great great grandson of Jesse James. In his book, he claims James faked his death in 1882 and lived out the rest of his life in Texas under the alias James L. Courtney. Visit http://www.foothillsmedia.net

EPISODE 7: Who Murdered the Patterson Family?

The Ozark Foothills was a volatile and dangerous place to be during the American Civil War. Locally, in Bollinger County, Missouri questions remain about who murdered William Patterson, his wife and their four children. Host Clint Lacy believes he has solved the mystery. Click the link below to listen to the latest episode of From the Foothills.

Episode 6: The Rape of Delaware County

Located on the Western edge of the Ozarks, Delaware County, Oklahoma, has made both national and international headlines because of the corruption that exists there. Listen to Episode 6 of the From the Foothills podcast.

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Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

Mill History:

From Wikipedia:

In 1797, George Frederick Bollinger received a land grant from the Spanish Government and moved with several other families from North Carolina to what is now Burfordville, Missouri.[4] In 1800, Bollinger began building a log dam and mill on the Whitewater River. In 1825, Bollinger rebuilt the mill and dam using limestone. After Bollinger’s death in 1842, his daughter Sarah Daugherty and her sons continued to operate the mill until the Civil War, when the mill was burned by the Union army in order to prevent the supply of flour and meal to the Confederate army. Following the war, the mill site was sold to Solomon R. Burford. The current four-story brick mill was completed by Burford in 1867 and is built upon the limestone foundation of the 1825 building. Burford owned the mill until 1897, when the Cape County Milling Company took over operations and continued operating the mill until 1953 when the mill was sold to the Vandivort family, relatives of George Bollinger. The mill was donated to the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society in 1961 and to the State of Missouri in 1967.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Family Farm

Photo by Dawn Rhodes Sander

Today I went to a place where history has been made.

Where it has been chiseled in granite, and marked by piles of stone.

Where it has been carved out in tree trunks, and written in the sand.

Where logs have been hewn into timbers and trees sawn into boards.

Where rocks were stacked to mark the corners and mortered together to lay the foundation.

Where lumber, hammers, and nails were used to frame generations.

Where is has been printed on paper and hung on the walls.

Where it has been plowed and plainted, grown and harvested.

Where the land gives life and the sky smiles down on it.

Where the stories are still heard in the wind whispering through the pines, the leaves rustling on the ground, and by the sound of water moving over rocks.

Where the sins that were committed have been washed away by the blood of Jesus and in the sacred waters below the rock bluff.

A place where work is done and rest is taken.

A place where legends have lived and still do.

Today I went to the place that shaped me, the family farm.

-Dawn Rhodes Sander