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w I w v I 0A---April 3, 2003 By Jerry Wilson, Site Administrator DiUard Mill State Historic Site What if... Sometimes when I am sit- ting on a bench overlooking the millpond, I find myself thinking, "What if all hu- mans suddenly disappeared from the world, what would the land become over time? The first things that would go would be our wooden buildings and non-paved roads. The stone and brick buildings and the paved roads would probably last longer. Most of the traces of wooden buildings would probably disappear with in fifty or so years. As soon as the roof de- teriorates the rest of the building soon follows. There are numerous old home sites around the mill that now consist of only the stone or concrete that made up the foundation of the buildings. Within one hundred years or so most of the traces of our buildings and secondary roads would probably be hard to find. The paving and bridging of the interstates would probably still be very evident as it would take many hundred, or in some cases thousands, of years to obliterate them. The mill building would be a collapsed heap in fifty years and the millpond would probably have ceased to exist, at least, as we know it today. In 1820 the Huzzah creek flowed behind the present mill and made ,a large loop against the bluffs before flowing in the channel that now only contains Indian Creek. When Mr. Wisdom blasted through the thin CHECK OUT THE CUBA FREE PRESS CLASSIFIEDS TO HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT JOB. Job Wanted Alderman Ward I Bob Stewart Setting up both your auto and home insurance with American Family can save you up to 20% off your auto premiums. Call today. Paid for by candidate cfp 3/27 Patrick Shaw Agent 404 N. Franklin Cuba, MO 65453 573-885-2828 m7  ,, kmmm wr -.a h mkca The Cuba Free Press Huzzah Creek Notes Dolomite ridge on which the present mill sits, he diverted the Huzzah Creek through the new break to run his mill. Today we are forcing the Huzzah to exit the millpond on the side next to the bluff. The Huzzah does not join its old channel until about one quarter mile below the millpond. If the Huzzah had its way it would cut through the bank of the millpond in the area where the old school building was and the present day his- toric garden is located today. This would put it back in its old channel much sooner than at present. It takes con- stant ripraping on our part to prevent this. Without us to do this, that end of the pond would wash out within a few years. One of the first things that would happen would be for plants to reclaim the areas that we have now cleared for pastures and such. First to appear would be grasses and could they survive without then would come the tres, us? ,. The only open areas would* "I imagine the pigs would do again be the 'balds' located on the dry tops of certain bluffs. At first the woods would be a thick tangle of trees, vines and shrubs; but eventually, as the trees matured, they would begin to shade the ar- eas under them to such an extent that there would be lit- tle underbrush. In other words, the woods would slowly return to the condition that the first settlers found them. The woods would not return to the exact state that they were found because we have introduced numerous exotic plants and animals into the ecosystem. What about all our domes- tic animals? Which ones could survive without us and which ones would die out? Would there be herds of wild cattle roaming through the woods? How about the horses, ]us_ ]n Time ]',Dr Easter! ! Spring Ar6 "s Coloz Bold, Bright Colors & Hawaiian Floral Prints Are In Pet/ties, Missy & Women's Sizes quite well and would proba- bly revert to something re- sembling a razorback. Goats would be another animal that would probably survive well, although their cousins the sheep probably wouldn't make it. Over thousands of years sheep have become just too dependent on humans. I don't see much of a future for domestic fowl such as chick- ens, ducks and geese al- though guineas might make it. What about dogs and cats? The dogs could probably in- terbreed with existing coyotes to produce a new species of canine hunter although in some parts of the world there exists a semi-wild dog re- sembling the dingo of Aus- tralia. I imagine that a small population of feral cats could continue to thrive in the woods. We could probably expect to see the return of certain of the original inhabitants of our forests. At first the deer would thrive on the new ar- eas of overgrown vegetation. Then as these areas began to hold only mature trees the number of deer would de- cline. Black bears would again roam in bers, as would cou latter species would have deer to prey on hogs, goats, horses haps cattle. As the streams health there would bei increase in Bald which would prey or creased populations The land would be teresting place to should humble we know that life very well, thank you, us and that the would probably be beautiful without us mess it up. S+h,:o 115 W. Springfield St. James 265-7272 Quarter Page Speci All Month Long! Want Better Propane Service? 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