Lake of the Ozarks: The Early Years (Images of America)

October 31, 2020
Lake of the Ozarks: The Early Years (Images of America)

Seventy years ago in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, BagnellDam was built across the Osage River, creating the beautiful Lakeof the Ozarks.Using over 200 images and in- depth captions, author H. DwightWeaver takes readers back to the origins of this man-made treasureand the towns that surround it. Construction on Bagnell Dam beganin 1929, employing thousands of men during the Great Depression.Inundation of the Osage River valley destroyed the area's mostfertile farmlands, covered numerous historic sites, and evendestroyed Linn Creek, the county seat. But the development alsocreated new towns and a new economy.The images in this book follow the growth of towns along U.S.Highway 54, including Eldon, Tuscumbia, Bagnell, Osage Beach, andLinn Creek, through the Depression, World War Two, and finally thebooming 1950s.