Clear Creek Water Mill

Clear Creek Water Mill (HMG6T)

Location: Valliant, OK 74764 McCurtain County
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N 34° 0.38', W 95° 7.165'

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Water powered grist mill in operation on clear creek early as 1819 by white settlers in old Miller County, Arkansas Territory. New mill built in 1837 by Choctaw Joel Kemp. A later owner, Choctaw John Wilson, replaced crude undershot wheel with turbine-type which also powered cotton gin. John Prince acquired mill site in 1909, updated machinery and replaced log dam with concrete, drilled two artesian wells and supplied water to town of Valliant for many years. Adjacent swimming pool was a favorite recreational facility. Mill ceased operation about 1944; swimming pool closed 1962. Remnants of mill remain. Tradition holds that two black slaves, Wallace and Minerva Willis, first gave voice to renowned Negro spirituals such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" on nearby Plantation.
HM NumberHMG6T
Marker Number196
Year Placed1995
Placed ByOklahoma Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 3:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 304274 N 3764883
Decimal Degrees34.00633333, -95.11941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.38', W 95° 7.165'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 22.80" N, 95° 7' 9.90" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 N4450, Valliant OK 74764, US
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