Volume 31, Number 1 - Fall 1991

by Kathleen Van Buskirk

Fall in the Ozarks seems to inspire many of us to go exploring. As this Quarterly is being prepared, some of our members are planning another tour through the less traveled areas of eastern Taney County. That area used to be more highly populated than the western section. In the 1930s much of the eastern uplands became a part of the Mark Twain National Forest, and all the river bottoms disappeared from view when Bull Shoals Lake was impounded in 1952. Several years ago, in the fall when trees were bare and brush, ticks, and snakes were less of a problem, Jerry Gideon led a caravan of cars and pickup trucks on a circle tour of the area. It was not a complicated event. We took along bag lunches, and ate in a park beside Bull Shoals Lake. Some of us had driven by the sites we visited for years and did not even know they were there. We saw many relics from those busy years of the past, and promised ourselves we would go again.

Most of the counties of the Upper White River Valley region included National Forest lands, or river bottomlands now under lake waters, or both. There are many areas in our counties where, in the past, farmhouse were near enough for neighboring, or country villages thrived, but now are forested or almost empty wilderness. The basic requirements for such a tour are someone who knows the history of the area, a guide who knows the roads (and I hope some of the people) in the area, and enough participants to make the trip interesting.

And there are quite a few people in our Society who just might be interested in going along.

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