Do You Remember?
Laker

Ballwin, MO

#21 May 28, 2011
There has been some great places brought up here, " HILLBILLY TOWN, Fort of the Osage, The Water Show or Ski Show, Larry Don, Gold Nugget Junction, Arrowhead Lodge, The Osage House,and more. I remember all of them. Here's a couple more: Chet's Fun Spot & Lake Bowl.
Joe

Dixon, MO

#22 May 29, 2011
Pat there's still a music show in Osage Beach, and my wife and I actually went last week and it's really good!
I do agree that it's sad that the family attractions seem to have disappeared from the area though.
Liz

Kansas City, MO

#23 Jun 3, 2012
Arrowhead Lodge, Carl's Market, Dog Patch, and The Clown floating restaurant. Some friends of ours had. Little summer place and we went there with them two or three times a summer from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s. The water wasn't polluted yet and you could swim or ski in the little coves without fear of getting run over by cigarette boats. Loved riding the Wild Mouse. Someone from one of my Facebook groups said it had originally been the Mad Mouse at Chain of Rocks park in Saint Louis. Not sure of that bit I remember and miss them both.
Bob

Osage Beach, MO

#24 Jun 4, 2012
I liked the same go cart track. Still remember the recurring PA message- "don't go side by side through the tunnel. You won't fit".

And Snug Harbor - near the Grand Glaze bridge
Lake

Waterloo, IL

#26 Jul 29, 2012
My dad told me about a small resort we used to go to when I was very young. It was called Sun n Fun. Does anyone remember this place? If so, where was it and what is there now? Just curious.
Wasp

United States

#27 Jul 30, 2012
I remember dog patch. There used to be an outhouse there and when you opened the door an animatronic hillbilly would yell at you.

I also remember one summer they had these arcade games with real chickens inside of them. I never played the games but I remember how poor health the chickens seemed to be in.

Also remember a candy shop that had a taffy puller running in the front window.
Laughing at you

Waterloo, IL

#28 Jul 30, 2012
Wasp wrote:
I remember dog patch. There used to be an outhouse there and when you opened the door an animatronic hillbilly would yell at you.
I also remember one summer they had these arcade games with real chickens inside of them. I never played the games but I remember how poor health the chickens seemed to be in.
Also remember a candy shop that had a taffy puller running in the front window.
The dogpatch, outhouse and candy store are still there. The same taffy machine is still in the same window.
Wasp

Haslet, TX

#29 Jul 30, 2012
Wow. I really don't make it over to that side very much do I??
Really

Osage Beach, MO

#30 Jul 30, 2012
Really Pat, I have live here for over a quarter century and I still make a decent living serving the tourist. Maybe you prefer the "old" town but just cause it is gone and I guess so are you does not mean no tourist are here. You want to keep something the way it was, buy it and then you can.
CMer

Holland, MI

#32 Jan 7, 2013
Our family vacationed at Ozarks for a number of years in the late 70's and early 80's. We loved Lee Mace's Opry, and racing my dad on the go-kart track. Getting supplies at Carl's Market. We usually stayed at Big Bear Lodge on Horseshoe Bend. I drove through the area on business about a year ago. Lots of changes since then, some good and some maybe not so good. Guess you can't stop progress. But still have lot of good memories.
skipper6

Kalispell, MT

#33 Jan 15, 2013
Billy Reel was sheriff at Gold Nugget Junction and you would think you were looking at Wyatt Earp. I ran the old time movie house and a bunch of swell people worked there. Still remember all the great places mentioned here and what a happening place the Lake was. The new highways are the opposite of what the whole place felt like. Oh the good old days!
Mike

Fairfax, VA

#34 Jan 17, 2013
The sky ferry on the strip! And the Christmas lights that were such a sight around the lake. I remember Santa on the grand glaize bridge.
Laker

Saint Louis, MO

#35 Jan 21, 2013
Mike wrote:
The sky ferry on the strip! And the Christmas lights that were such a sight around the lake. I remember Santa on the grand glaize bridge.
The sky ferry, we used to jump off at the turn around, then jump back on a few chairs later. And lets not forget, right across the street was the Dance Cruise on the Larry Don, they had a 10:00 & midnight cruise with live bands on board. They would keep your beer cold for 25 cents per beer, you gave them a password and they would keep track on how many you had left. Oh the good ol days.
skipper6

Kalispell, MT

#36 Jan 29, 2013
Lake Park at the west end of the 54 Niangua bridge: there was a huge pavilion with a wooden dance floor and skating rink, also a snack bar and awesome juke box plus swimming in the lake off a sandy beach and a tall slide down into the water. It was great fun on a Saturday night. Also it was before the castle was a state park and that was a wonderful and popular place to roam.
Lakers

Lake Ozark, MO

#37 Jul 14, 2013
How about the Better Bite Burger Barn, anyone remember that?
Paul mason

United States

#38 Aug 6, 2013
Gold Nugget Junction was amazing for me as a kid...just trying to find something similar to go to...any ideas?

“The Dawn Is Your Enemy”

Since: Jun 11

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#39 Aug 22, 2013
Pat wrote:
Anyone remember the Lake Club Cafe? That was a fun place. I also used to like the Osage House, which was originally called MaiTai and later known as Breckenridge and Marina Bay Resort. Had alot of fun there. Shooter's 21 was always a blast too. Osage Beach was a great place to vacation. It's so sad that it is no longer a tourist area. Few if any resorts, no more opry shows, no family attractions, no souvenir or antique shops; just a bunch of shopping centers, "big box" stores and chain restaurants now. It's so sad that the area has virtually died off. It always seemed to be so bustling and heavily trafficed with families. I would have never thought it to be possible for that area to die off as it did. Greedy developers ruined it I guess.
You say "ruined" I call it progress. Why does it hurt to move forward for profit?
Capitalism is a wonderful thing. Eventually "Dog Patch" will Disappear. and I will miss the Ski Ball very much. But "Out with the old. In with what ever makes money".
John San Jose

United States

#40 Sep 9, 2013
We went to Shooters 21 when it first started, but then moved from the Midwest soon after. What a fun place! I never would have guessed it would have already been torn down.
I recall my favorite condos on the lake near there, down a cove or two. They were in the back and had a very unique coastal look to them. Anyone know the name? I forget.
I sure miss the lake. Cali just isn't the same. I can't image the lake being so commercial. I hope some of the charm hangs on. The place is rich with history. Don't forget the visionaries who created the area. It wasn't corporate headquarters 3000 miles away. Support your local people.
Lakeguy

Osage Beach, MO

#41 Sep 9, 2013
John San Jose wrote:
We went to Shooters 21 when it first started, but then moved from the Midwest soon after. What a fun place! I never would have guessed it would have already been torn down.
I recall my favorite condos on the lake near there, down a cove or two. They were in the back and had a very unique coastal look to them. Anyone know the name? I forget.
I sure miss the lake. Cali just isn't the same. I can't image the lake being so commercial. I hope some of the charm hangs on. The place is rich with history. Don't forget the visionaries who created the area. It wasn't corporate headquarters 3000 miles away. Support your local people.
You do realize of course it was an electric corporation that created the lake and still controls it today?
John San Jose

United States

#42 Sep 12, 2013
Lakeguy wrote:
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You do realize of course it was an electric corporation that created the lake and still controls it today?
I do realize that. However, Ameren did not have anything to do with the entrepreneurs that made the lake what it is/once was. The actual body of water can't produce the charm the area possessed, even with all it's beauty.

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