Months after it was listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, Bonnots Mill was caught in the flood of 1993.
The project will document the hardships endured and the community
spirit that helped the residents overcome adversity and rebuild
their town. It is the successor to two previous villages, French
Village and Cote Sans Dessein, both of which succumbed to river
encroachment. The first European settlement in the area, Cote Sans
Dessein was begun as a trading post by French-Canadians for dealing
with Osage, Shawnee, and Delaware Indians.
Originally submitted by: John Ashcroft, Senator.
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.