Roaring River State Park Dam/Spillway – Cassville, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 36° 35.491 W 093° 50.017
15S E 425432 N 4049882
Quick Description: Dam and spillway reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/1/2015 5:54:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMNTMF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

The dam/spillway below the trout hatchery complex in Roaring River State Park bears the inscription of Company 1713 in stone, but actually predates the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1865, William McClure constructed a stone and earth dam impounding the waters that gushed from the underground spring to form Roaring River. Two openings left in the mill pond wall became mill races were spillways that exist today in their original locations, forming attractive waterfalls. McClure's Mill, erected below the dam on the site of the present park Lodge, became a social center for the surrounding communities. Sometime around 1920 the mill either burned or was torn down. The original dam spillways were of dry stone construction, without mortar. In 1933, CCC Company 1713 reconstructed the dam using concrete, stone, and mortar with the facings of rough coursed ashlar. The bridge in Spillway, retaining a rustic appearance similar to that of the original dam and mill races, are notable features of the present-day trout park.

The dam/spillway at Roaring River State Park is significant as an early construction project of the Civilian Conservation Corps and also as an example of modern park structure intentionally constructed to resemble a handbuilt rustic structure of a much earlier date. Originally built to create power for a mill, the dam in Spillway were re-created as impounding structures for an important fish hatchery complex. The CCC help to develop this hatchery, which is still in operation under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

– National Register Nomination

The dam is still used to impound water for the fish hatchery and the pool below the dam is a very popular trout fishing location.

Street address:
Roaring River State Park
Off Park Road
Cassville, Missouri

County / Borough / Parish: Barry

Year listed: 1985

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925 - 1949

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction, Landscape

Current function: Industry/Processing/Extraction, Landscape

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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