The bridge will serve as a foot bridge spanning the Finley River, connecting The Mill and the Chapel.
“We envision many special events and intimate dinners taking place over the river on the Riverside bridge,” Stack said. “When not in use for a special event, the community can enjoy the bridge, which serves as a connector to the many wonderful local trails that we are blessed to have here in the Ozarks.”
The bridge was originally built in 1909, after a record flood washed away the wooden bridge that had stood next to the Ozark Mill. The bridge was moved 1.5 miles in 1924, and closed for repairs in 2010. In 2015, a devastating flood damaged the aging structure even further, forcing a permanent closure.
In 2018, the bridge was award to the Morris family by a selection committee made up of the State Historic Preservation Offices, Ozarks Special County Roads District and Christian Countyafter, after a bidding process. The bridge was since disassembled and fully restored by the Nabholz Corporation and Great River Engineering.
Restoration efforts continue on The Ozark Mill, the focal point of Finley Farms. The Workshop, a community-focused coffee shop and craft space, opened in November 2019. For more information, visit finleyfarmsmo.com or facebook.com/finleyfarmsmo.