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River guides at Owen’s Theater – near the end of the era

Jim Owen leans jauntily on the truck (front row, right), with artist Steve Miller and Owen’s float-fishing guides in front of his Hillbilly Theater, 1940. At the height of the float trip era, Jim...

Dewey Short & other VIPs say goodbye to the free-flowing White River

Photograph by Townsend Godsey. Congressman Dewey Short and unidentified colleagues look at the White River. On the back is written, “Table Rock dam site 9-14-41.” Dewey Short appears to be pointing out the location...

Still no dam

A 1940s view from Table Rock. (From James Fork of the White: Transformation of an Ozark River)   Into the 1940s, visitors continued to visit and pose for photographs on the flat rock above...

View from Table Rock – pre dam, 1920s

Real photo postcard, 1920s, by Payne Johnson, Branson Mo. (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press) “Table Rock Dam will be built across the big sand bar.” Most bluffs along Ozark rivers are named....

Folks dancing

Dancing at an Ozark picnic, 1920s. Real photo postcard by George Hall. (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press. From James Fork of the White: Transformation of an Ozark River) Unlike the posed hillbilly...

Early entry in Hillbilly Caricature

Hall postcard of posed hillbilly family (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press.) The idea the Ozarks is inhabited by primitives has been perpetuated in books by educated travelers like Schoolcraft, in popular songs...

Guiding on the James

CHARLEY BARNES, famed James River fishing guide, with brothers John and Herbert (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press) Robert Page Lincoln profiled Charley Barnes, James River guide and john boat builder, in a...

L.B. Price float

“Largest ever” float trip for L. B Price Mercantile in 1923. (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press. From “James Fork of the White: Transformation of an Ozark River,” which examines the entire watershed...