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Two girls from Iowa on vacation at Lake Taneycomo in the 1920s. Lake Taneycomo is a 22-mile riverine lake stringing upstream on the White River through Taney County from Powersite to Branson and, today,...

Powersite Dam on the White River

Finished in 1913, Powersite was Missouri’s first venture into hydropower.  A consortium of St. Louis investors engaged the Ambursen Hydro-Electric Construction Company of Boston to build one of their patented hollow, reinforced concrete structures. ...

Legendary Ha Ha Tonka “Castle”

The services of a Kansas City architectural firm, A. Van Brunt and Brother, were obtained to design a spacious residence and complex of supporting structures.  Adriance Van Brunt had come to Kansas City around...

A Kansas City capitalist discovers the Ozarks

Robert M. Snyder’s triumphs had come in the natural gas, oil, real estate, and banking businesses, and he was the organizer of what became the Kansas City Life Insurance Company.  While staying at a...

Vintage Ozarks

Origin of Ha Ha Tonka mythos In Damming the Osage, we wrote about the connection between Col. R.G. Scott and Robert M. Snyder, who built Ha Ha Tonka.  Colonel R.G. Scott came from Iowa...

Vintage Ozarks

Gentrification of an Outlaw Hangout on the Osage River Between bank, stage, and train robberies, the Younger Brothers’ gang found refuge and recreation in the rugged hills of the Osage.  Grandfather Younger had settled...

Vintage Ozarks

Joseph W. McClurg, 19th Governor of Missouri  Joseph W. McClurg and partners grossed half-a-million dollars a year at their Linn Creek Big Store before the Civil War.  The well-educated, dapper gentleman was a strong...

Vintage Ozarks

Steamboat J.R. Wells This stern-wheeler worked the river below Warsaw delivering farm produce and timber to a rail connection at Osage City, or St. Louis, returning with merchandise.  Log books in the collection of...