Want to see a really old map of the area? It can't be called a lake area map, because it was drawn in 1893. That was thirty-eight years before the Lake of the Ozarks came into existence.
The map follows the Osage River from Brown Bend on the west to the town of Bagnell on the east. It shows Gravois Creek, the Grand Auglaize River, and the Niangua River. Several future lake coves are shown as small creeks. You'll also notice roads and a few villages that later were inundated by the lake, including Osage Iron Works, Cape Galena, and the original Linn Creek. The islands depicted along the river are now underwater and are not the same as the islands that presently dot the Lake.
Although the map accurately depicts locations, its contour lines generally are incorrect.
See if you can find your favorite spot on the lake. I'll have more to say about it in later pages.
Text copyright © 2000 by Michael Gillespie. All rights reserved.