Lake of the Ozarks History


Here are some pre-construction photos taken at the future site of Bagnell Dam. The photos were taken in the summer of 1929, just days before work on the project began. Twenty-one months later this quiet valley would be the site of the world’s largest man-made lake.
This photo looks westward from the dam site. Wilson Hill can be seen prominently on the right. It’s just west of present-day Lake Road W-24. The pyramid-shaped knob in the left background (discernible behind and below the tree branch) is Ginger Hill, at mile marker 2. The wooded area in front of the hill and somewhat closer to the camera is known today as Duck Head Point.

To view more pre-Bagnell Dam Photos click here.


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