Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fort Leonard Wood Museums: Things To Do Near the Lake of the Ozarks

Montage of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Montage of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri


Fort Leonard Wood is approximately an hour and a half scenic drive from Atlantis Island Condos and is a “must do” day trip for military history buffs. Originally a basic training center in 1940, today Ft. Wood is the only installation that is home to three Army Schools. The installation represents all branches of service, Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, located at 495 South Dakota Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood
John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, located at 495 South Dakota Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood


The John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, located at 495 South Dakota Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood, is home to four museums, that are open to the public, and have no admission fees. The four museums document the history of the fort itself, as well as the history of each of the three Army Schools.

Restored World War II Buildings
Restored World War II Buildings


The Fort Leonard Wood Museum was established more than 25 years ago and features artifacts from the post’s past. The highlight of this museum is the collection of World War II barracks that depict life at Fort Leonard Wood since the Second World War. Twelve World War II buildings were set aside to preserve the past for future visitors. These buildings include four barracks, two mess halls, three day rooms, two orderly rooms, and a regimental commanders quarters. Exhibits also include artifacts of the Axis prisoner of war camp that housed Italian and German prisoners of war during World War II. This museum also documents the life of the installation’s namesake, Major General Leonard Wood. Major General Leonard Wood was a Medal of Honor recipient, Military Governor of Cuba, and Governor General of the Philippines. In 1910 he was named Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and held this position until 1914. A physician, he is the only medical officer to have ever been named to the Army Chief of Staff position. Fort George G. Meade in Maryland was temporarily renamed Fort Leonard Wood in his honor during the 1920’s but reverted back to it’s current name in the 1930’s. Groundbreaking for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri was December 3, 1940 and the installation has always retained Major General Leonard Wood as it’s namesake.

M113A3 Armored Personnel Carrier
M113A3 Armored Personnel Carrier


The US Army Engineer Museum was established in 1989, as part of the relocation of the Engineer School from Fort Belvoir, Virginia to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The museum highlights five aspects of the Army’s engineering mission:

  • Topographic Engineering
  • Land-Mine Warfare
  • Tactical Bridging
  • Demolitions & Explosives
  • Arms & Ammunition

    US Army Chemical Corps Museum Exhibit
    US Army Chemical Corps Museum Exhibit


    The US Army Chemical Corps Museum was relocated from Fort McClellan, Alabama to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1999. The museum is divided into six separate galleries:

  • First World War Gallery
  • Second World War Gallery
  • Cold War Gallery
  • New World Order Gallery
  • Topical Gallery
  • Temporary Gallery: The temporary gallery has featured the Second Chemical Mortar Battalion exhibit since October 2004.

    June 2008 was the 90th anniversary of the Chemical Corps and also the 10th anniversary of the Civil Support Teams. The Chemical Corps Museum dedicated a new exhibit June 24, 2008 to honor the history of the Civil Support Team.

    U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regimental Museum Exhibit
    U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regimental Museum Exhibit


    The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regimental Museum was originally located at Fort Gordon, Georgia and was relocated to Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1975. The museum, along with the United States Army Military Police School, was moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1999 due to the closing of Fort McClellan under the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure’s (BRAC) recommendation. The mission of the museum is “ to collect and preserve the material history of the Military Police of the U.S. Army from 1775 to present. The museum also promotes the heritage and traditions of the Military Police branch and the values of the U.S. Army to Soldiers and civilians through public exhibits, educational programs, and branch training support.”

    1903 Pulaski County Missouri Courthouse
    1903 Pulaski County Missouri Courthouse


    The Pulaski County Courthouse Museum, located in nearby Waynesville, on historic Route 66, also houses an exhibit of interest to military history buffs. The museum features a war room that features military memorabilia from 1776 to the present, with uniforms and items from Fort Leonard Wood.



  • Monday, November 10, 2008

    Lake of the Ozarks Makes Waves In New Fishing Video Game

    Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009 Sony Playstation 3 Box Art
    Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009 Sony Playstation 3 Box Art


    Activision and Fun Labs bring the plentiful bass fishing of the Lake of the Ozarks to your living room. Recently released “Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009” allows you to virtually fish six authentic lakes, including Central Missouri’s bass rich Lake of the Ozarks. Fishing Frenzy is rated “E” for everyone and can be played on three consoles, Nintendo’s Wii, the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.


    Rapala's Fishing Frenzy 2009 Nintendo Wii Box Art
    Rapala's Fishing Frenzy 2009 Nintendo Wii Box Art



    Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009 XBox 360 Box Art
    Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009 XBox 360 Box Art


    The game has mixed reviews, mainly due to the game’s identity crisis. Fishing Frenzy has an arcade style feel but also incorporates fishing simulation during play. A big complaint that gamers have is that it is too easy to catch a fish, throwing strategy out the window, and making play unrealistic. A complaint that anglers have is that the length and size of your catch do not jive with real life proportions. The game is tied in to Rapala, the world's largest manufacturer of fishing lures, and lure selection reflects this. Keeping in mind that this game is part of the Activision Value collection, the novelty of fishing The Lake of the Ozarks from my couch, is what hooked me.

    Fishing Frenzy 2009 throws Lake of the Ozarks into the mix of "The World's Top Fishing Spots"


    Boating Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009
    Boating Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009


    Casting Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009
    Casting Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009


    Underwater Action Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009
    Underwater Action Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009




    After The Catch Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009
    After The Catch Screenshot from Fishing Frenzy 2009

    Monday, November 3, 2008

    A Perfect Day for Sailing!


    A Perfect Day for Sailing!

    A sailboat glides past Atlantis Island on a gorgeous Autumn afternoon.

    Bridal Cave: Things to Do at the Lake of the Ozarks


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    Bridal Cave's logo is a throwback to the advertising style of the fifties
    Bridal Cave's logo is a throwback to the advertising style of the fifties

    Bridal Cave is located at 526 Bridal Cave Road, two miles north of Camdenton, approximately 30 miles from Atlantis Island Condos. Daniel Boone’ sons, Nathan and Daniel Morgan, are believed to be the first white men to explore the cave. The pair traveled the Osage River, by canoe, from Defiance to the cave. In 1884 Colonel R.G. Scott purchased 5,400 acres of land in the area. His newly acquired tract of land included Bridal Cave, six additional caves, and Ha Ha Tonka. Colonel Scott was a historian and an influential person of his time, attending at least two receptions at the White House. Colonel Scott discovered the Indian legend of the cave and incorporated the marriage of Irona to Prince Buffalo in the cave into his marketing strategy. The stalactites in the room where the two were wed led to the Bridal Veil Cave name that was later shortened to Bridal Cave.

    The Bridal Veil formation
    The Bridal Veil formation


    In 1903 Colonel Scott sold acreage that included Bridal Cave and Ha Ha Tonka to Robert M Snyder, a banker with a colorful history from Kansas City. Mr. Snyder’s main focus of the property seemed to be the bluff overlooking Ha Ha Tonka Spring. He envisioned a large resort on top of the bluff. Mr Snyder did not live to see his vision completed. He`was Kansas City’s first automobile fatality October 27, 1906, while racing another vehicle down Independence Boulevard.

    The cave first opened for the general public in 1948, under the direction of Bridal Cave Development Corporation, who continues to operate the cave today. In 1968 the manager of Bridal Cave started the tradition of the “Underground Opinion Poll”. The diversity of tourist who visit the attraction while vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks has led to the poll being an accurate barometer of the outcome of the Presidential Election. The poll has accurately predicted the outcome of the election since it’s inception.
    The results of this years unscientific poll show McCain/Palin at 58%, overwhelming Obama/Biden’s 35%.

    Stalactites landscape the ceiling of Bridal Cave in Camdenton, Missouri
    Stalactites landscape the ceiling of Bridal Cave in Camdenton, Missouri


    The cave is a popular choice as a wedding location and over 2000 couples have exchanged vows in the cave. Wedding packages include lifetime passes to the cave for the bride and groom. A 1950’s postcard states “Numerous weddings are performed in the beautiful Bridal Chapel in Bridal Cave every year. Bridal Cave is one of the top tourist attractions of the nation and is visited by thousands, including over ten thousand honeymoon couples annually”.

    Vintage postcard of Garden of the Gods, Bridal Cave
    Vintage postcard of Garden of the Gods, Bridal Cave


    With a year round temperature of 60 degrees the cave is a respite from the heat during the summer months and comfortable during the other seasons. Vintage postcards advertise “More beautiful formations per square foot than any known cave or cavern.“ Mystery Lake is the newest cavern that has been opened to the public and is a part of the tour. The lake is crystal clear and it has been reported that one can clearly see the pebbles at the bottom of the waters 30 feet below the surface. Bridal Cave is open daily at 9 am, year round, only closing on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.


    Video footage of Bridal Cave

    Saturday, November 1, 2008

    Sneak Peek Election Night Commercial

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    This commercial will be aired locally starting on November 4th, 2008. Atlantis Island is grateful for all who voted in this important election. Let us extend an invitation to join our winning investment strategy, Buy Low, Sell High. Now is a once in a lifetime buyers market and the opportunities for investment are strong. We are offering the best deal at the lake this fall. Now at Atlantis Island , 3 bedroom, 2 bath condos from $159,900, including a free 32 foot slip. Atlantis Island Condos, like nothing else at the Lake of the Ozarks!

    Thursday, October 30, 2008

    Bagnell Dam Video

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    Footage of Bagnell Dam shot 4/20/08 with spillway gates open

    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Vintage Postcards of Bagnell Dam

    Before email and text messaging infiltrated our daily lives, postcards were a simple way to stay in touch with loved ones. Postcards were visual documentation of a family’s travels and also were documentation of national and local landmarks. Deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting and is one of the third largest collectable hobbies along with coin and stamp collecting.

    Bagnell Dam was completed and the Lake of the Ozarks began to fill February 1931, which was during the Linen Card Era of postal cards. With The Great Osage River Project having been recognized as one of the greatest engineering and construction feats of its time it was a popular subject for the advanced technology that allowed publishers to print cards on a linen type paper stock with very bright and vivid colors. Bagnell Dam continued to be a popular subject as postal cards advanced into the Modern Photochrome Era. Many shops and tourist attractions along the Bagnell Dam Strip continue to offer postcards today, 77 years after the dams completion.


    Vintage Linen Postcard of Bagnell Dam, circa 1936
    Vintage Linen Postcard of Bagnell Dam, circa 1936

    Back of this card: Erected in 1929-1931 by Stone and Webster Engineering Corp., Boston, Mass. And owned by Union Electric Light & Power Co., of St. Louis, MO. Built across Osage River in Missouri. The lake formed by Bagnell Dam is 129 miles long, has a shoreline of 1300 miles and covers an area of 95 sq. miles

    Vintage Linen Postcard of
    Vintage Linen Postcard of "The Cut" of the north entrance to Bagnell Dam, circa 1942

    Back of this card: A fifty-foot cut through solid rock marks the northern approach to Bagnell Dam. Located about 40 miles south of Jefferson City, Capitol of Missouri, Bagnell Dam forms beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.


    Vintage postcard of Bagnell Dam with seven spillway gates open, circa 1949
    Vintage postcard of Bagnell Dam with seven spillway gates open, circa 1949

    Back of this card: BAGNELL DAM AT LAKESIDE, is a hydro-electric power plant in the Union electric Light and Power Company's System which serves the St. Louis District and a large part of the Central Mississippi Valley. Present installed capacity 129,000 kilowatts. The dam is half-a-mile long and 148 feet high. The Lake of the Ozarks, created by the building of the dam, is one of the world's largest wholly artificial bodies of water. the scenic shoreline of 1,300 miles extends through six counties. This is the new Middle-West mecca for tourists and vacationists.


    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam, circa 1968
    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam, circa 1968

    Back of this card: BAGNELL DAM, built in 1931, across the Osage River, is 2,543 feet long, 148 feet high from bedrock, and carries U.S. Highway 54. The dam created the great Lake of the Ozarks---130 miles long and the tremendous shoreline of 1,372 miles---covering an area of 95 sq. miles. This beautiful lake is visited by thousands yearly, who spend their vacations in the many large resorts in the area.



    Vintage linen postcard of south entrance to Bagnell Dam
    Vintage linen postcard of south entrance to Bagnell Dam

    Back of this card: Approach to Bagnell Dam, which towers 148 feet above bedrock, is 2543 feet in length. The water impounded by this dam is approximately 650,000,000 gallons.



    Vintage postcard of Bagnell Dam
    Vintage postcard of Bagnell Dam

    Back of this card: In the blue hills of the Ozarks, in a primitive setting amid woodlands and rugged cliffs, is the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks; area 95 square miles; an irregular shoreline of 1,300 miles with unparalleled scenic grandeur, picturesque coves and inlets to be explored; width one to five miles; hydro-electric capacity, 268,000 horsepower; U. S. Highway 54 crosses over the top of the dam, which towers 148 feet from bedrock. Behind it could be hidden a row of twelve-story buildings seven city blocks long. The impounded water could supply the daily needs of St. Louis for over twelve years.


    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam
    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam

    Back of this card: Bagnell Dam which impounds the waters of the Osage River at Lake Ozark, Mo., to form the 1,372 mile shore line of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. U. S. Highway 54 crosses over the dam, which is over half a mile long and high enough to hide from view a series of twelve-story buildings. The Lake of the Ozarks region includes literally hundreds of resorts and cabin courts for the traveler.


    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam
    Vintage photochrome postcard of Bagnell Dam

    Back of this card: Erected across the Osage river, Bagnell Dam formed beautiful Lake of The Ozarks. This Lake is 129 miles long, has approximately 1300 miles of shore line, covers 60,000 acres and contains 97,000,000 cubic feet of water. The dam is 2,543 ft. long and 148 ft. high. This great lake offers the finest of tourist accommodations, fishing, boating, and other recreational activities. It has become one of the nation's greatest playgrounds.
     
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