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Mining and Manufacturing.

Coal, lead, jack, tiff and clay are mined in Morgan county, but the mining interests are not as yet fully developed. There are, however, immense deposits of coal. A fine quality of clay is found, and near Versailles is located a large clay plant. Among the articles of manufacture in a commercial way are brooms, and, as a result, some broom corn is grown in the county. Ax handles are also manufactured. Then the home arts, such as the weaving of carpets and rugs, and in some instances the carding and spinning of wool, are still carried on. Baskets and other wood products come from many of the farm homes, especially in the timbered sections of the county. Years ago a woolen mill giving employment to twenty or more people was operated south of Versailles, but after having been continued with more or less success for quite a long period of time, the work was abandoned. The old mill still stands, and is today used as a barn or stable. In the timbered sections of the county, sawmills are still operated. Reports show thirty-eight such mills.


Old grist mill on the banks of the Gravois. Mill is driven by water power, the water being conveyed about two miles, through a race, into a lake. Mill was built before the Civil war. Patrons come for many miles to this mill, where corn is ground by use of old-fashioned burstones.
Old grist mill on the banks of the Gravois. 
Mill is driven by water power, the water being conveyed about two 
miles, through a race, into a lake. Mill was built before the Civil war. 
Patrons come for many miles to this mill, where corn is ground by use 
of old-fashioned burstones.
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Partial view of the big clay products works at Versailles.
Partial view of the big clay products works 
at Versailles.
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Missouri State Board of Agriculture Monthly Bulletin Vol. XIV, No. 2 (February, 1916): A Rural Survey of Morgan County Missouri. Digital version 2001 Peter Binkley; permission to reproduce for non-commercial purposes is granted.