My Duck Pond in the Boston Mountain Chain

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 is now a region rich in education, arts, industry, and conservation.

Settlers to this region did not have the building blocks of an ocean or a major riverway or a chain of lakes (just saying, NY, LA, Miami, Chicago …). Instead, they found mountains of rocks and spring-fed valleys, creeks, rivers, and la kes.

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 with engenuity and industry.

They hewed out mountain sides and dammed springs and rivers. Blasted through granite and limestone to build interstate highways, golf courses, resorts, and wilderness areas, 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

 Illustration by Dennis Jones for a Silver Dollar City Coloring Book, published by Wiskur & Company 1979

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.


A horse rode into town. No rider. That set everyone to talking.

Then, they noticed the loose strings … Yup! A runaway marionette from Silver Dollar City!

Rufus the Mule a Darrell Wiskur illustration in a Silver Dollar City Guidebook
If you have your paints and colors handy, turn back time and download a piece of art from the Ozarks to color or doodle.

My To-Do List for Ozark Tourists

You will need a ticket for some destinations, but many await you with open doors!

Celebrity of the Ozarks

After three decades in the Boston Mountain Chain, I have embraced the rich heritage of pioneers and entrepreneurs who had the foresight to make the most out of a pile of rocks and to preserve the past for the future.

The Ozarks celebrates the success of entrepreneurs and business icons —
Sam Walton and the Walton Family of Walmart and Crystal Bridges
Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
Jack and Pete Hershend of Silver Dollar City fame
… just a little name dropping from the Ozarks.