The massive Lake of the Ozarks is lies across two counties. The northern edge of the Lake with the area around Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks State Park are located in Miller County, but the largest part of the Lake lies in Camden County. Camden County is every bit as chock-full of history as Miller County.
Camden County was first called "Kinderhook County". The name was in honor of President Martin Van Buren and was named after his home in Kinderhook, New York. Interestingly, Van Buren was the first US President born in America (after the Revolution) and spoke English as a second language. The county was organized from Benton, Morgan and Pulaski counties and established as Kinderhook County on January 29, 1841.
The General Assembly of the State of Missouri changed the name to Camden County on February 23, 1843. The name was then in honor of Charles Pratt, the 1st Earl of Camden. He was of the Whig party and was instrumental in America's Revolutionary War. With the name change also came a change in county seat. The county seat was moved from the town of Oregon to Erie which was on the Osage River. Instructions were given to build a courthouse but that was not carried through until 1846. At a cost of just over $4,000 a brick building about 40 sq. feet was built. In 1855 the county seat was again moved - this time to Linn Creek. The building was sold for $175 at an auction.
Over the next few years, the courthouse was expanded, remodeled, rebuilt and altered to adapt to the growth of the area. Finally in 1930 Bagnell Dam was being developed and built. Linn Creek was dramatically affected by the construction and creating of the Great Lake of the Ozarks. The County voted to create a brand new town - Camdenton. A new courthouse was built and in November of 1931 was dedicated. Camdenton and Camden County currently have great online genealogical resources available. Many families all across the country have been able to trace their "roots" to this area.
Another interesting tidbit about Camdenton is that it serves as Time Station 31 in the Race Across America (RAAM) the annual ultra marathon bicycle race. This race is one of the most famous and longest endurance races in the world.
There is so much to do and see at Lake of the Ozarks. Extravagant beauty, fascinating history, friendly people, and communities that continue to grow. Lake of the Ozarks has a lot to offer. It's why people keep coming back to visit and many of them eventually move here. We would like to invite you to come down and check us out!
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