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 the White River valley – where there was still no sign of earthmoving equipment, much less a towering blockage to the stream.
That stretch of river was promoted as a dam site by Henry Doherty, Empire District Electric Company, even before Taneycomo, his first successful White River project, had finished filling.
Table Rock, described as “probably the most scenic spot in Taney County,” in a Springfield Republican article, February 1922, would be the location of his next dam, he announced.
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