Hurricane Deck

HURRICANE DECK is a nautical term associated with river steamboats. The hurricane deck was the uppermost deck. It provided a pleasant, breezy place to watch the passing scenery.

Steamboats plied the Osage River through much of the nineteenth century. Crewmen on these steamers named many of the prominent landmarks along the way. A certain long, flat ridge along the left (descending) bank of the river caught the attention of the steamboatmen. They came to call it the "hurricane deck" because it afforded quite a view of the river, and the wind always seemed to blow there.

Hurricane Deck ridge runs along the east side of Porter Mill Bend, between mile markers 37 and 38. Lake Road 5-36 follows the crest of the ridge.

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