Appreciating Parkitecture in Missouri

My son and I recently went on a Cub Scout fall camp out at Camp Arrowhead near Marshfield, Mo., reportedly the oldest Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi River. 

Since it was our first time there, we decided to look around a bit and stumbled into the Foster Lodge, named for Alan C. Foster who gave the first 160-acre tract for the camp back in 1924. 

Today the lodge is home to Osage Lodge #42, Order of the Arrow, which was formed in 1929. As we looked around the lodge hall, with its stone fireplace, Boy Scout banners, pennants, regalia and other memorabilia, I was reminded of other places in the Ozarks that hold a special place in my heart – buildings at state and national parks built in the “Parkitecture” or “National Park Service Rustic” style, most often associated with FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s and was designed to blend into natural surroundings.

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