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Re: Camp Ozark
Posted by: Brad Melton (ID *****7821) Date: September 12, 2010 at 17:19:35
In Reply to: Camp Ozark by Bobbie Miller of 574

Camp Ozark was one of the places the men stayed who constructed Powersite Dam beginning in 1912. There was a collection of shanties and tents there that originally housed the surveyors and later the men who did the actual building of the dam.

Camp Ozark was located upstream from the current site of the dam on the present day Ozark Beach side of the old White River near what is now known as the Electric Park. There are a number of photographs of the area taken during the time period located at the White River Valley Historical office in Forsyth, Missouri. There is also a brief reference to Camp Ozark on p634 of the book, "Missouri: The Center State" at this web address:

http://books.google.com/books?id=FnwUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA634&lpg=PA634&dq=camp+ozark+taney+county+missouri&source=bl&ots=864FZqxKmu&sig=HJMrWWCeIWp5oO0yF-jStecdfEQ&hl=en&ei=6m2NTNOyIY7-nAfNsbTlCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=camp%20ozark%20taney%20county%20missouri&f=false

In the Vol. IX, No. 1, 1996 edition of "Ozarks Watch" Camp Ozark would be located in the lower left hand corner of the photograph which can be viewed here:

http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodicals/ozarkswatch/ow901d.htm

My great grandfather, William Thomas Clarence Melton helped construct Powersite Dam. There's a picture of him in Cliff and Vi Edom's book "Twice Told Tales & An Ozark Photo Album" as well as a number of other excellent pictures of the early construction and operation of the dam.

Brad Melton,
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