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The Lake Area History Pages!

On the following pages you'll find all sorts of interesting facts and stories about the history of Missouri's scenic Lake of the Ozarks and the surrounding area. (You'll find a few tall tales and local lore mixed in as well!) The topics range from pre-history to the development of the area as a major vacation destination.

Hi, folks! My name is Mike Gillespie. Over the past twenty-five years I've worked as a history teacher, a tour guide, a researcher, and a writer. It's a pleasure to present to you these stories from days past. There's something for everybody here, and I'll add new topics as time permits, so come back often and I'll do my best to entertain and inform you. Click here to preview upcoming topics of lake area history.


To begin your journey, simply click on a topic below. They're grouped by category.






MY LATEST BOOKS AND MAPS

Under the Lake Maps

Wild River, Wooden Boats

Come Hell or High Water


BRIDGES AND DAMS

Bagnell Dam Facts

Floodgates Wide Open

Highway 54 Bridge

Hurricane Deck Bridge

Old Linn Creek Suspension Bridge Photos

Pre-Bagnell Dam Photos

Swingers

Tunnel Dam

The Upside Down Bridge


HA HA TONKA STORIES

The Ghost of Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka Before the Lake

Ha Ha Tonka, origin of the name

The Lake on Trial


LEGENDS, TALES, AND ODDITIES

A 1931 Fish Story

The Battle Under the Waves

Bob's Hill

The Decaturville Dome

Floodgate 13

Inundated Cemeteries

The Horse Went Over the Cliff

Jaws: The Freshwater Version

Lover's Leap, Myth or Legend?

Mistakes Will Happen

Murder at Lyne's Bluff

The Oldest Boats on the Lake

Petticoat Junction

The Phantom Steeple

Quaint Quotes

The Slicker War

Still Fishin'

Tommy Webber, Seaplane Pilot

The Treasure of Watkins Holler


PANORAMAS, 3D VIEWS, AND SUPERIMPOSITIONS

Before and After

Contour Map in Color

Lake Views


PIONEER DAYS

Early Explorers

Fort Carondelet, A Mystery in Time

Lewis and Clark in the Ozarks

The Osage Indians

The Pike Expedition

Thong Trees

Tie Rafting


PLACE NAMES

Bagnell Dam, origin of the name

Benton County, origin of the name

Camden County, origin of the name

Climax Springs

Green Bay Terrace

Hurricane Deck, origin of the name

Lake of the Ozarks, origin of the name

Laurie

Miller County, origin of the name

Morgan County, origin of the name

Niangua River, origin of the name

Roach

Soap Creek, origin of the name

The Trouble with French

Versailles, origin of the name

Warsaw, origin of the name

Zebra, and a Little Geology


VACATIONS PAST

1950s Casino Pier Advertisements

1964 Lake Map

A Boat Ride to the Dam, 1963

Bridgeport Marina

Conversation With A Retired Conservation Agent

Fire Lookout Towers

Gatlin Boat Yard

High Water

Indian Burial Cave

Low Water

A Seaplane Ride

Surfboarding

A Tale of Two Boats


WHAT LIES BENEATH?

1893 Map

Does the Lake Turn Over?

Gladstone

The Hidden Forest

The Holdouts

Lake Water Levels

The Myth of the Sunken Townsites

Old Linn Creek

Osage Iron Works

Under the Lake at Mile 31

 

Comments? E-mail: Mike, at the Lake Area History Pages

The Lake of the Ozark Area History Pages are presented for entertainment purposes only. No warrant is made concerning the authenticity of material contained herein. These pages are not to be construed as an invitation or incentive, either expressed or implied, to engage in activity that might be deemed illegal, imprudent, or hazardous.

© 1999-2010 by Michael Gillespie. All rights reserved.



Click on the links below to visit other great Ozark regional sites...


Camden County Museum and Historical Society


Miller County Museum


National Mothers' Shrine


Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau


Bob's No Wake Zone


Lake of the Ozarks Business Journal


Prayers to St. Jude







Bob's No Wake Zone


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