With a surface covering 55,000 acres, Lake of the Ozarks is actually situated in two counties. The largest part of the Lake lies in Camden County, but the northern edge of the Lake around Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks State Park are located in Miller County. Both counties are a treasure trough of history, but today let's look at beautiful Miller County.
In 1805, famous military man and explorer, Zebulon Pike was ordered by General James Wilkinson, Governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory, to head out and find the source of the great Mississippi River. Upon his return, he was ordered out again. This time, Pike's mission was to find the source of the Arkansas and Red River. He left St. Louis in 1806 in what was called the Bellefontaine Expedition and headed southwest. At some point on the expedition, he traveled up the Osage River with some Wazhazhe Indians (called Osage by the French).
In 1807, William West settled into the area now known as Miller County. Pioneers from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia began to move in and establish homes. They apparently made some sort of treaty with the Wazhazhe because in 1808 they yielded land to the early pioneers. It wasn't until 1837 that the county was actually established and named after then-Governor of Missouri, John Miller. The county seat was designated that same year and named Tuscumbia, Chickasaw for "Warrior Who Kills".
Despite its name, Tuscumbia is a small but friendly town. If you enjoy history or genealogical research - this a great place to investigate! The Miller County Historical Society has a wonderful museum that gives glimpses into Osage culture and lives of the past.
In the mid 1800's, Miller County really began to grow. Iberia, Ulman, Kaiser, Aurora Springs, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Brumley, and Osage Beach are a few of the towns that were established. The area continues to develop and grow. Like the early explorers and pioneers who first set foot in the Miller County area, many folks take their vacation here - exploring the area, enjoying the natural beauty, and taking advantage of all there is to do and see at Lake of the Ozarks. And just like the early settlers to the area - people continue to feel "the pull" to stay. We can help you with that!
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