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. Table Rock Bluff had a relatively flat top (hence the name).

The spot was accessible by road and afforded an impressive view of the pre-dam river valley. A visit to this overlook was on many vacationers’ itinerary. 

In 1922, Empire District Electric applied for and received a preliminary permit to build a large dam at Table Rock, five miles southwest of Hollister.

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