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Laker

Camdenton, MO

#1 Jun 6, 2010
I thought it would be fun to list one place from around the Lake area that you remember from the past. It would be neat to see what people come up with and from how long ago. If you have several in mind, I would suggest to only post 1 per day to give more people a chance. Ok, I will start things off with: GOLD NUGGET JUNCTION!
Laker 2

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Jun 7, 2010
the go cart track and bag slide where the kwik car is now located. that was the best go cart track.
Out of Towner

Tuscola, IL

#3 Jun 7, 2010
Breakfast at the Barge. Kids loved those huge cinnamon rolls.
Out of Towner

Tuscola, IL

#4 Jun 7, 2010
What was Gold Nugget Junction?
barfly

Lake Ozark, MO

#5 Jun 7, 2010
How about The Living Room and The Garrison... Fun places.
All Gone

Palm Harbor, FL

#6 Jun 7, 2010
Think of all the businesses that Paul Sales thug cops ran out of business on the Strip.
Stays Gone

United States

#7 Jun 7, 2010
And think about all the businesses that are staying out now because the current mayor is too blind to see the harm mark maples is continuing.
oldtimer

Lake Ozark, MO

#8 Jun 8, 2010
The Catamaran that took fishing trips on the river.

Why not keep this post fun instead of trashing it?
Laker

Camdenton, MO

#9 Jun 8, 2010
Laker 2 wrote:
the go cart track and bag slide where the kwik car is now located. that was the best go cart track.
That was called HILLBILLY TOWN. Great place. And right across the street was THE WILD MOUSE roller coaster, ever right it?
Patton

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Jan 17, 2011
When did Hillbilly Town close? We were talking about it the other night at work. I said it wasn't that long ago but someone said 25 years ago.
lclgirl

Springfield, MO

#11 Jan 18, 2011
Hillbilly town was still opened in 2000 or 2001 I remember I was still in High School and we went there.
NIN

Camdenton, MO

#12 Jan 18, 2011
Anyone remember Fort of the Osage?
Bob

Sunrise Beach, MO

#13 Jan 18, 2011
stays gone,

and im sure it has nothing to do with the fact the strip looks 100 years old
old timer

Columbia, MO

#14 Jan 19, 2011
I loved the ski show... they had like 8 girls skiing and even a clown on ski...and midnight cruises on the Larry Don...oh what fun we used to have.
oh the memories

Saint Charles, MO

#15 Jan 19, 2011
i remember that go cart track! it was my favorite!
how about the wax museum on the strip? haunted house, and shooting range game. the strip used to be alot more fun than it is today. back when the cops wernt looking for any excuse to jail someone. now its just a memories and for sale/lease signs.
Michael

Saint Peters, MO

#16 Feb 2, 2011
I miss the Brass Door in Osage Beach,was fun in the winter as well with the fireplace,oh and also the Links Landing where the new Grand Glaize is at.When I was young we would go there and rent a boat ,I think it may have been a 16 footer with a 30-40 horse motor thought we were big shots.Could you see yourself in that today you would be swamped in the first half mile.HillBilly Junction the stuffed Golddigger used to scare me to death.
Michael

Saint Peters, MO

#17 Feb 2, 2011
Also forgot the Arrowhead Lodge ,shame on letting that be torn down,the new buyers thought the ground was worth a fortune.It is still sitting vacant after several years.Fun place for kids and the parents could have a beer in the lower level and sing along with the piano player.Ahhh the good ole times.
JRP

Bolingbrook, IL

#18 Feb 2, 2011
Gold Nugget Junction was a mock-up "Old West" town, like from Gunsmoke or Bonanza where you could ride a mini steam locomotive, pan for "gold," see actors perform "Old West" gunfights, go in and out of old timey shops, etc. It was owned by Denny Hilton, a long-time local entertainer and owner of the Country Shindig Opry Show. Mr. Hilton and these two attractions have been gone from the area for over 20 years. Too bad, because both were huge family attractions for many, many years. The Country Shindig is now the Harley Davidson Dealership. Gold Nugget Junction was approximately across the highway from the former theater.
JRP

Bolingbrook, IL

#19 Feb 2, 2011
Michael wrote:
Also forgot the Arrowhead Lodge ,shame on letting that be torn down,the new buyers thought the ground was worth a fortune.It is still sitting vacant after several years.Fun place for kids and the parents could have a beer in the lower level and sing along with the piano player.Ahhh the good ole times.
Shame on Lake Ozark for allowing that historic structure Arrowhead Lodge to be demo'd. That was a landmark, now it's gone. Am I the only one who has noticed that good businesses are bought, torn down, and just remain as vacant lots? That's kind of a strange phenomenon. Arrowhead, Sherwood Resort, Lake Chateau, Kalfan, I'm sure there's many more. Somebody buys them, tears them down, then does nothing with the property, and they're all prime properties, all sitting as vacant lots for several years (even a decade or more) now. I can't figure it out. What a waste.
Pat

Bolingbrook, IL

#20 Feb 2, 2011
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.

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