And if you're looking closely, you might see a mill wheel resting on the creek bed remnants of one more mill, which today has been turned into a private residence.
Local resident Joe Bowyer, who for most of his years has lived within a stone's throw of Pipe Creek, recalls the old mill his grandfather built having been turned into a restaurant and later a tavern.
Charles Bowyer built the family's sawmill in the mid-1930s, pouring another cement dam at the site at the same time. He passed the mill to Joe Bowyer's uncle, Raymond Mayne Bowyer, who converted it into Pipe Creek Falls Resort a restaurant, then a tavern and later sold it. Eventually, it came under the ownership of Tom Malott, who's turned it into his residence. The site was officially registered with the National Registry of Historic Places in 1995.
Growing up, Joe Bowyer spent time fishing from the half-fallen dam near the old wooden dam at Pipe Creek, swimming in the mill pond and trapping muskrats in winter.
"We used to catch bass and goggle-eye" what he calls rock bass "like nobody's business," recalled Joe Bowyer. He would see snapping turtles, too, and hooked channel catfish at times.
In winter, he and his friends would skate on the iced-over creek, and play hockey using old rocking chair rockers as hockey sticks.
These days, the grounds surrounding Pipe Creek Falls are privately owned, though a few longtime area residents, like Bowyer, still go fishing on the creek near the falls.
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselenpharostribune.com or 574-732-5151. Twitter: PharosSME