Vintage ozarks

Real photo postcard, 1930s. Written on the postcard, “looking down on Gasconade River from Portuguese Point. S-243.” Inevitably, photographs of the panoramic landscape contain a figure poised at the edge of the cliff.    There is a bluff called Portuguese Point overlooking the Gasconade River valley about 11 miles south of Dixon, Mo. It’s a…

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Vintage Ozarks

Redings Mill is long gone, but survives as a place name There were actually two smaller early mills on Shoal Creek south of Joplin but the third mill was an impressive, multi-story structure of stone, burr and white oak, built in 1868 by John S. Reding.  It burned on Nov. 8, 1936, but its visual…

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Vintage Ozarks

Harold Bell Wright’s erstwhile melodrama jump-starts Ozarks tourism In his just-published “Volume 2, A History of the Ozarks, The Conflicted Ozarks,” Brooks Blevins gives credit to Harold Bell Wright’s 1907 novel, The Shepherd of the Hills, for fixing an image of the Ozarks as a homeland of dramatically primitive but appealing Americans.  Blevins attended a…

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