Each week, the Lake Sun looks at things to do, try, hear and see at the Lake of the Ozarks. Have a suggestion? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Lover’s Leap
A bluff along the southern side of the 31.5 mile marker of the main channel of Lake of the Ozarks, is named for the legend of an Indian maiden who hurled herself from the cliff rather than forsake her lover. He later fell to the same fate along with the couple’s interloper.
An scenic viewpoint provided by Ameren Missouri, the overlook on Upper Power Plant Road, Lake Ozark, offers a view of the hydroelectric facility where you can see the difference in elevation between the lake and the Osage River.
3. Historic well
To much excitement during a remodeling project last winter, an old water well was discovered under the floorboards of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce building at 109 N. Monroe St. The uncovered well cased with stacked stones is believed to date back to the 1800s. The Chamber plans to keep the well open for public display.
Also in Versailles, the Morgan County Courthouse at 100 E. Newton is the oldest of its kind in the tri-county area. Built in 1889, the courthouse is a two-story Second Empire style red brick building on a limestone block foundation still in use by the local government. Designed by William F. Schrage, it features four corner pavilions, a center tower and porches supported by brick columns.
5. Local museums
Local museums are housed in places that are themselves historic. The defunct Linn Creek School houses the Camden County Museum off Route V in Linn Creek. The Morgan County Museum is in the old Martin Hotel at 120 N. Monroe St. once a stop on the old Butterfield Stage Line. The Miller County Museum at 2005 Highway 52, Tuscumbia, includes an historic log cabin restored and reassembled on the grounds. Also check out Wilmore Lodge in Lake Ozark. A building for Union Electric during construction of Bagnell Dam, it now houses artifacts related to the history of the hydroelectric facility and more.