|Historical Marker at O'Leno State Park|
The Town of Leno, originally called Keno, was established just above the "sink" and natural bridge of the Santa Fe during the 1840s. Stone dams in the river powered two mills and eventually up to six cotton gins. This source of power gave the little town its existence and helped survive through the years of the Civil War.
|Old Mill Dam at O'Leno State Park|
|Suspensioin Bridge at O'Leno State Park|
The Santa Fe River also ripples over the remains of the two stone mill dams.
In addition, O'Leno State Park is a place of extraordinary beauty and is known for its beloved swinging or suspension bridge. Built by the C.C.C. during the Great Depression to carry hikers across the river, the old bridge is still in excellent condition.
To learn more about O'Leno State Park and its history and unqiue geology, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/oleno.