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
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.