Although most people come to the Lake of the Ozarks for the beautiful scenery and a generous dose lot of peace and quiet, there’s a tumultuous history that most people don’t know about. So, history buffs, pay attention. This is for you!
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently penned a review about a book by Leland and Crystal Peyton, called “Damming the Osage: The Conflicted Story of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir”.
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
The tangled story of the building of Bagnell Dam and the creation of the Lake of the Ozarks — which takes up about 60 pages in the book’s center — is likely to be of greatest interest to most readers, as it tells a story that many lake boosters would just as soon forget or obscure.
The tale of drowned villages, fudged numbers, and over-optimistic developers (one of whom ended up in prison) should serve as a cautionary reminder of what happens when those with “pull” find a quasi-scientific justification for a project.
If you’re interested in the book, visit DammingtheOsage.com.
The video below also tells more about the Peyton’s book.