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 long article titled “Floating Down the River” in the March 1948 issue of Fur-Fish-Game magazine.  Barnes was born near Mt. Vernon…

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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 of the famed Ozark float stream, a tributary of the White River. Lens & Pen Press is having a half-price sale…

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Arcadian tourism

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, to Table Rock Dam. Powersite Dam, near Forsyth, closed in 1913. At that time, it was the largest dam/reservoir in the…

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