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  • Burned lodge to be rebuilt

  • The historic lodge at Camp Pin Oak at Lake of the Ozarks State Park that was destroyed by fire nearly two weeks ago, will be rebuilt, according to Gov. Jay Nixon, who made a stop at the largest state park in Missouri late last week.The Pin Oak dining lodge went up in flames after being struck by lightning....
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  • The historic lodge at Camp Pin Oak at Lake of the Ozarks State Park that was destroyed by fire nearly two weeks ago, will be rebuilt, according to Gov. Jay Nixon, who made a stop at the largest state park in Missouri late last week.
    The Pin Oak dining lodge went up in flames after being struck by lightning.
    The fire destroyed the structure that, for more than 70 years, served as the dining lodge at Camp Pin Oak.
    In a press release, Nixon described the dining hall as a gathering place for families and youth from across Missouri. Its large stone fireplaces, rustic front porch, and distinctive light fixtures were among the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps construction in the 1930s, and they created lasting memories for generations of Girl Scouts, FFA members and other youth, he said.
    Nixon visited the lodge to survey the damage and discuss the importance of rebuilding the historic structure.
    "For generations, Camp Pin Oak has been a place for Missouri youth to experience nature, learn valuable skills and create lasting memories," Gov. Nixon said.  "Spending time in nature is a life-changing experience for young people, and places like Camp Pin Oak are vital. As a state, we must be committed to looking for the means to rebuild this structure quickly and correctly to preserve its history and allow future generations to benefit from the Camp Pin Oak experience."
    History
    Camp Pin Oak was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1938.  At that time, the camp was part of the National Park Service's Lake Ozark Recreational Demonstration Area. The camp, along with other CCC buildings in the state park system, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Camp Pin Oak was the only one of the group camps at Lake of the Ozarks that had survived to the present without any major changes.
    The Camp Pin Oak dining lodge was considered one of the finest examples of CCC buildings throughout state park system because of its rustic architecture and craftsmanship.
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