Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Found in tourist town.

Made a visit to the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend for a piano event.
And had a surprise find.
I have posted on this blog before about how one of my first experiences with cabins was at some cabins we stayed at on the Lake.

The strip just as you got west of the dam was where families would go in the afternoon and evenings for arcades and shows, or to book a boat ride or get info on the waterski shows. You could ride bumper cars or pick up cheap 'hillbilly' gifts.
This was before the large mega hotel complexes that provide for all your fun that you don't ever really have to leave.

Most cottages had kitchens, and most motels did not. So sometimes you stayed at your cottage after a fun day down at the lake or in your boat. But sometimes, at least once each visit you would send some time along the strip at Bagnell dam.
We did that this past weekend, not liking the food choices or price at our hotel. We had a meal and walked to a couple of shops along the strip. The strip is not as family friendly as I remember as a kid.
Now for every arcade or fun spot there is a tattoo parlor or bar. Dogpatch is looking a little dog eared.
Like most venues, Lake of the Ozarks has fallen on somewhat hard times with the financial crash and competition elsewhere.
Well much to my surprise while waiting for family to come out of the fudge shop I spotted a couple log cabins behind what use to be a pool, batting cage and bumper car complex.

 While I must admit they ended up having more appeal from a distance than close up, they are not without some interesting features.

Both are boarded up, but still in good shape.
A nice roof with a good overhang protects to logs and for the most part the grounds right around them is kept mowed.
 Doors and windows are covered to protect them.

 While the logs appear to have been hewn, they are probably pretty newly done.
They are rather small and were probably done for this project.

The notches are very basic and not well done with just enough depth to make them work.

I could not tell if they had been guest cabins or tourist shop at one time.

The old swimming pool, which you can just see in the back ground here, smelled as if several things may have got stuck down inside and died. Hopefully it was just rotted vegetation.

 The ends of the logs were not cut off clean. While making it look rustic it does however allow for water and snow to sit on the logs and speeds up damage.

The roof overhang is pretty good so that does not seem to be a problem yet.

The logs are nice and straight and the cabins are well up off the ground so they should last many more years.
Would love to see them moved to a more active site and used fully.

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