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Mill Springs

40’ Overshoot Water Wheel

By Chris SienerPublished 2 years ago 1 min read

High up on hillsides

along edges of the Cumberland divide

Natural spring waters flow


Water coursings from mother earthen rocks

Flowing free, clear, and clean to

Water falling sites, some left unseen

unless traversing small watercraft

paddling switchbacks to the flowing water source


On one such spring many moons ago

A pioneer’s vision transformed over time

the hillside spring into a

cement pooled pipe shoot, feeding a

40-foot overshoot water wheel

at the Mill Springs mill

A water-powered grist mill

that still runs to this day.


The natural spring fed ‘Holy Waters’

are gifts that keep giving

they provide us sustenance

as hydration for the living


Mill Springs is a historic site along Cumberland Lake near the Daniel Boone National Forest in southeastern KY.

As referenced in the book ‘The Frontiersman’ the Native Americans viewed this land in Kentucky as sacred hunting areas for Ohio and Indiana tribes. After visiting for a long Easter holiday weekend, I have an appreciation as to why.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Chris Siener

Many poems and posts I write have a nature theme, with family or faith frame of reference. I hope you enjoy.

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