1964 Lake Map
Over the years I've collected an assortment of lake area maps. Some of them pre-date the lake itself. My favorites are the maps published by the Lake of the Ozarks Association during the 1950s and 60s. They were tourist maps with all the lake roads, resorts, and other businesses in the area. They weren't the most accurate maps, but they got you to where you were going.
Pictured below is a portion of the 1964 map edition showing the Lake Ozark and Osage Beach areas. The title block of the map states that there were over 400 resorts, motels, and hotels in the vicinity. The mapmakers couldn't fit them all in; they had to put the names into a box and draw an arrow from the box to the approximate location. None of the lake islands are depicted, and the shoreline is--at best--an approximation. The maps were sold at various retailers. Most of the retailers placed their imprint on the front panel. This particular map came from the Gravois Cafe (featuring, we are told, the "Hillbilly Breakfast"). The map cost ten cents.
Text © 2000 by Michael Gillespie. All rights reserved.