Walter Klepzig Mill and Farm

Along Rocky Creek in Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Eminence, Missouri


National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 13, 1990
Reference number
NR name
Klepzig, Walter, Mill and Farm
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Sawmill;box
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Processing; Single dwelling; Agricultural fields; Secondary structure
Current functions
Park; Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1912; 1935
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing sites: 1



Walter Klepzig Mill and Farm
Posted November 5, 2016, by Marie E Erickson (marie [dot] lisa119 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My grandfather was Arthur C Brandt-owner with my grandmother, Emma B Brandt of the Klepzig Mill Site from 1935 till the late 1960s when the National Park Service took possession. At the time of the takeover, Grandpa and Grandma owned 640acres of land there. Their nearest neighbors were the Weaver brothers and the Roberts family down by the Current River. The Brandt farmhouse was a large log house/cabin with 3 fireplaces, running water electricity(DC),from the now-broken down dam and the mill house, which we grandchildren called the "powerhouse". When we reached a certain age we were allowed to run the dam gates, flume and powerhouse turbine. Included were the car batteries for the D.C. STORAGE. In the basement of the house was a Kohler gas generator for a few appliances run on AC. The running water was pumped up from the spring house next to the road and dam. The house/cabin was about 3500 square.ft.and built of large pine logs harvested in the area. It also had forced air heat from an oil-burner furnace. No air-conditioner was needed due to thick log walls and large airy attic to keep heat out of main living areas. The dam was blown out by logs rushing downstream after a very bad thunderstorm and copious rain. Sandbags were used temporarily but eventually, Grandpa got Howell-Oregon electric CoOp to run power in to replace his D.C power plant. The mill was now unused for the first time in its history. The Brandt farm was a showplace for its time and hosted several well-known guests,such as Sen.Suart Simington and comedian Fred Allen. The log house was burned down in the early 1970s by the locals to prevent the Park service from placing a Park ranger residence in the house. Later the original Klepzig house was burned down as well as other outbuildings. SOMEONE wanted the place to be kept primitive and unnoticed by the general public. Unfortunately for them that is not possible now with the notoriety of the mill. Our family suspects that there was hope of conducting illegal activities on such a remote piece of land, such as poaching,moonshine, marijuana growing, etc.Thank God that it is now so famous and better protected. It was our family refuge for many years. No phone, poor radio reception. Just pure isolation from big-city life. Cherished times.