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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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  • Alley Mill Closed for Renovations

    The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open on weekends ONLY in July. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. We are working to protect and preserve the Mill for the future. More »

History & Culture

The Ozark Region is rich in history. People have lived here from the late Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago to the present. Every time and every group of people has a story to tell. This page will help you learn some of these stories.
 

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CCC camp at Big Spring
This was the scene at the Civilian Conservation Camp that filled the field in front of the Big Spring Lodge in the mid 1930s. In time the tents were replaced by wooden barracks. The CCC helped young people build self esteem through work skills, allowed them to send money home, and helped build the infrastructure of today's national and state park systems.
 
Ozark log house
This is a typical log house of the early Ozark settlers. Houses like this were in use from the 1840s until fairly recently. Some are still in use as hay barns and sheds. Note the family is dressed up for the rare and formal occasion of having their picture taken.
 
"Keep your rivers flowing as they will, and you will continue to know the most important of all freedoms-the boundless scope of the human mind to contemplate wonders, and to begin to understand their meaning." - (David Brower, The Foreword to Oregon Rivers by Larry Olson and John Daniel)

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thick stand of rivercane, which looks like bamboo.

Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...