I know I said I'd have pictures of Bagnell Dam today, but I got caught up in revising some things on the page layout and the map on the sidebar. The history of Lake of the Ozarks is really interesting, and i want to put a little more effort into telling you about it, so this week we have some vintage tourism instead. I hadn't been to this area since I was around 12-14, and Francis had never been. It has seen better days, for sure, but there is still a lot to do in this area. Plus, the newer, shinier Osage Beach is a short drive from the Strip.
This abandoned arcade/fun spot was the saddest of all. The night before we left, some friends had been telling us all about this exact spot. We couldn't believe that we were able to walk right in and poke around.
No Missouri tourist attraction is complete without a Jesse James Hideout, amiright?
I remember taking a cruise on the Captain Larry Don more than 20 years ago, as well as this trolley that took people down to the dock.
The Tom Sawyer boat may or may not be running these days. It looks pretty bad, and none of the property was protected from people just wandering onto the dock or boat, but the sign said there was a Sunday cruise scheduled. Odd that there was no Saturday cruise, if it does still run.
The Strip isn't entirely abandoned, of course. The Haunted Hotel is still in business, though there was a sign on the door that said that the people in charge were across the street at the Old Time Photos store, but you could call their cell phone and they'd come right over to open the haunted house. We didn't call.
If memory serves, there used to be a lot more motels on the strip, but this seems to be the last one standing. I didn't book this one because the reviews said that motorcycles on the strip could be bothersome, and then Francis pointed out that we live on a busy street in the city and are totally used to bikes at all hours. Touche.
The oldest store on the strip, Dogpatch (its windows are reflecting the FUDGE sign), is still up and running, as are a dozen other tshirt shops. Dogpatch has an arcade next door that has TONS of old games. They are oddly crammed together, though.
Of course, it wouldn't be central Missouri without a fireworks stand. Have a fun and relatively safe 4th of July, y'all! I'll have a special and patriotic Phoenix Wearing Hats for you on Thursday.