Bennett Spring history

We’ve been all up into the history of Bennett Spring since I accidentally found some information on the Department of Interior website last night.

Today we  attempted to find some of the CCC buildings built in the 30s…there are several of them still here and I love that fact.  While creeping around this morning, the fish hatchery manager found us and wow…..he was a plethora of information and he loved sharing it.  I’m waiting for him to send me some pictures he has of the building of the new damn in 1960.

The old dam abutments are still there and we could actually see the reinforcements in the water but could not get pictures because of the reflection.  He is standing on one end of it.

The stone bridge built by the civilian conservation  Corp.  Arches turned sideways designating CCC.

Today and then.  Then was a hotel.  An elderly gentleman who blasted  the horn for the beginning of trout season 2017 shared stories of the hotel where he and his wife stayed…rooms went for $2.50 a night

Of course, the lodge which hasn’t changed much.

And this building which has been many things…currently restrooms

So…now he is off to catch some of these

Until next time…..

10 days at Bennett Spring

The weather was wonderful.  We did have rain one evening and again in the middle of the night a couple of nights – otherwise the sky was blue with wonderful fall days.  We were there with Brett and Christa.  Brett’s mom and dad; and then Christa’s brother and sister-in-law came from Rockford, IL; then Brett’s brother and niece drove down from Pella, Iowa so there was always something going on.  B and C and his folks initially camped on a double site then when they left – we moved the pop-up over to their site…still up…what an adventure.  We ate fish, antique shopped several days – drove nw of Springfield, MO for an auction – traveled with the group to the Bass Pro shop in springfield on another day and ate at Lamberts south of Springfield.  This is the throwed roll restaurant.  After you order your entre – waiters and waitresses circle the restaurant with bowls of sides and warm rolls – you want a roll – you stick your hand up in the air and catch it.  A really fun place.  If you are ever in the Branson/Springfield area, it is worth the trip…I think there are 2 or 3 in the area.  In case you see familiar faces from my pics (because I’m always looking for the 6 degree connections), you can go to my Facebook where I have more detail attached to the pictures.

It is good to be home.  Got a phone call at 0730 this morning from Aunt Frances…something was wrong with my mother – she was unresponsive…Aunt Frances had already called an ambulance.  Things weren’t normal – she was sitting on the side of the bed in an awkward position but she swore she was fine and then would fall back to sleep sitting up…she was down right nasty to the amb crew and refused to let them take her pulse or her b/p…I finally told them I would sign a release that she refused care.  I finally got her back into bed “laying down” against her will.  She would wake up long enough to be irritable and say she was okay and then off to sleep again.  I think there is something going on there but told Aunt Frances to keep and eye on her and let her sleep for awhile and we would make a decision later.  Aunt Frances, apparently, has just told her that she is moving back to Des Moines at the end of November.  Aunt Frances gave her a good year at home – out of the nursing home – she needs to get back to her own life and her own church – have no idea what will happen to mother.  I’m guessing she will be going back to the nursing home…I won’t offer her a bedroom at our house this time…last time she indicated that being stuck in a bedroom here would be just as bad as a nursing home.  ahem…ya.

Well, I go back to work tonight for 1 night – I need to get some sleep even though it is afternoon.  I’m slowly going to get caught up on your blogs…I have no idea what is going on in anyone’s life…so…until next time…..

 Bless DKW1965’s heart.  She sent me to google images and there were a few more pictures of  Regina Lasko – Dave’s girlfriend-wife.  She looks normal!! 

tlm0000 – these are my trout dishes.  I just happen to have a problem with my love for dishes but there are no support groups in my area.  Everytime we went fishing at Bennett Spring, I eyed these trout dishes in the park store.  Toward the end of the season, they came down in price – to about 1/2 of the original price and on the last day of that particular year, he said…Okay…why don’t you get them … yippee.  Someone came out a few months after that and asked me if I got them in the LTD Commodities catalog….grrrrr they were 1/2 the price I paid!!!!  I love them – they are worth the price I paid for them 🙂 There are four different trout pics.

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Here’s a couple of pics of what “he” has been doing on his days off….


He took down 3 dead trees…this is the stump that still needs to be burned out…this is what is left of the other two.  We first set them on fire Sunday night.


I’m planning to replace them with a weeping willow tree.  The weather was wonderful Sunday night for enjoying the fires – but since it has been hot and humid.  I enjoyed the fires last night from the comfort of my air conditioned computer room


Haircut and color at 6:45…life is good

Until next time….