Graham’s Mill once helped link north Missouri farmers to Chillicothe, MO, before the building of the Wabash Railroad.

Most people living in Daviess County, MO, were familiar with Graham’s Mill which once spanned the Grand River for those traveling to Chillicothe, MO. This photograph, taken in 1913, reveals the spillway beneath the covered bridge.


Before a branch line of the Wabash railroad passed through Chillicothe, livestock was commonly driven from Daviess and other nearby counties for shipment on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad by passing over the “Bridge at Graham’s Mill.” This prompted Annie Stewart Williams to write this poem in 1913.