Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka Castle

This is the "Castle" at Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton, Missouri. Ha Ha Tonka is reportedly an Indian name, meaning "laughing water," given to the large spring that was the source of the old Nangua River. Although the once charming river was inundated by the creation of the Lake of the Ozarks, you can still hear the water laughing as what remains of the river rolls over rocks on it's short run until it enters the lake.

The Castle was the turn of the 20th Century dream of a wealthy Kansas City businessman who wanted to build a summer home near the spring. Unfortunately, he was killed in an automobile accident before he could finish the house. His sons finished it in the early 1920s and one of them lived there for a number of years. The house eventually became a hotel and was gutted by a fire in the 1940s. The ruins are beautiful in their own way. It is quite peaceful to wander around the ruins and gaze out over the bluffs to view the spring and the Lake of the Ozarks. I consider this park to be one of the most beautiful areas in all of Missouri that I have yet seen.

This is the back side of the house and faces dense woods. The front of the house faces the bluff. I'll post more photos later. (Click the photo to view a wallpaper sized image.)


April Erwin said...

Beautiful photo. I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list. I love the Ozark area, so peaceful and stunning.