Ozarks History

Information and comments about historical people and events of the Ozarks region and surrounding area.

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I'm a freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. I've written eleven nonfiction books, two novels, and numerous articles. My latest books are Wicked Springfield: The Seamy Side of the Queen City, Murder and Mayhem in Missouri, and The Siege of Lexington, Missouri: the Battle of the Hemp Bales.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Climax Springs

One of the ways I come up with new ideas to write about is let to something I've previously written about be a springboard to my next project. So, it is with this blog. I find myself using previous entries to come up with ideas for new ones, and right now I seem to be stuck on the general subject of towns throughout the Ozarks that sprung up around mineral springs.
Another such community is Climax Springs in Camden County, Missouri. It was founded in 1882 as merely "Climax." The "Springs" part was added in 1886 by a group of businessmen who decided to promote the healing waters of the area's many mineral springs. Although Climax Springs never enjoyed the popularity of some of the other mineral-water towns in the Ozarks, the 1889 Camden County history declared that it was "a romantic and pleasant village in which to live" and claimed that "as a health resort it is probably not excelled."
Today Climax Springs sports a population of only 100 people or so, but the town and the surrounding area still prosper enough to support a high school.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Climax Springs is in Camden County

October 5, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Larry Wood said...

Yes, I think I knew that at one time, but I was just writing from what was obviously a faulty memory. Just goes to show that it always pays to double check your facts. Anyway, thanks for the correction.

October 6, 2009 at 3:11 PM  

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