Look Back: Lake of the Ozarks, 1931
Date: 10/15/2009 Album ID: 865868
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers and files
On Oct. 16, 1931, workers inside the new Bagnell Dam flipped switches to run current from its big hydroelectric generators. High-power lines strung through dense, hilly forests carried power to a big feeder station in Wellston and to present-day Park Hills, in Missouriís old Lead Belt. Back then, Union Electric Light and Power Co.ís dam on the Osage River was hailed for its power to make electricity. A few rough fishing camps popped up along the damís creation, the Lake of the Ozarks. But it would take almost three decades to turn the 60,000-acre reservoir into a bustling summertime playground.