Sculpting mountains into lakes and highways
Hip-hip-hooray for the settlers to the Boston Mountain Chain of Missouri and Arkansas who came to the Ozarks in the 1800s and built what has become a region rich in education, arts, industry, and tourism.
Settlers to this region did not have an ocean or a major riverway or a chain of lakes (just saying, NY, LA, Miami, Chicago …) for building blocks. Instead, they had a mountain of rocks with springs, creeks, rivers and lakes.
Each time I venture out to a favorite Ozark spot, I stand amazed at what a resilient and visionary people, AKA "hillbillies," "moonshiners," and "ridge runners," have built.
They hewed out mountain sides and dammed springs and rivers. Blasted through mountainsides and built interstate highways, golf courses, resorts, and wilderness areas that are touted among the finest in the nation, thanks to the conservation and curation of a region that is beloved by all who live here.
Come set a spell and listen to some fiddle music
Grandfather's Mansion at Silver Dollar City, Mo.Illustration by Dennis Jones for the Silver Dollar City Activity Fun Coloring Book, published by Wiskur & Company, 1979.