Thursday, November 13, 2014

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 168

Horseshoe Bend, Missouri

The photograph on the postcard shows the Lake of the Ozarks a large reservoir created by the Bagnell Dam that provides hydroelectric power and is the second largest man-made lake in Missouri.   The Osage River and smaller tributaries join together and feed into the lake.  The lake extends more than 90 miles and has the nickname of The Magic Dragon due to its serpentine shape.  A power plant was envisioned here as early as 1912; however, it was not until 1929 that construction actually began with the dam completed in 1931.  Several names for the lake were proposed including naming it after a former senator but none of the names took and it continues to be referred to by the location in the Ozarks but the electric generating station is called the Osage Hydroelectric Plant.

The card is unused and has a short informational blurb on the reverse that reads: “Seven mile paved drive bordering the shores of the lake in Scenic Horseshoe Bend Drive built and maintained by Union Electric Land and Development Co. for the pleasure of lake visitors.”  It has become a popular tourist destination with over 5 million people visiting the lake each year.  Recreational facilities include three golf courses and the Lake of the Ozarks State Park on the Grand Glaize Arm of the lake as well as Ha Ha Tonka State Park located on the Niangua Arm of the lake.  Party Cove, found in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, is a rowdy gathering spot that attracts up to 3,000 boats during the Fourth of July weekend.  Today there are several communities along the lake and many lakefront homes.

Corwin News Agency of Jefferson City, Missouri distributed the Linen postcard that was produced using genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. American Art” dating it to the late 1930s or early 1940s.  This is another of the cards that I found at the Antique Mall in Marietta, Ohio.

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