Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Missouri State Park
Ha Ha Tonka State Park.jpg
The "castle" ruins at Ha Ha Tonka
Country United States
State Missouri
County Camden
Elevation 705 ft (215 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°58′08″N 92°46′09″W / 37.96889°N 92.76917°W / 37.96889; -92.76917Coordinates: 37°58′08″N 92°46′09″W / 37.96889°N 92.76917°W / 37.96889; -92.76917 [1]
Area 3,709.74 acres (1,501 ha) [2]
Established 1978 [3]
Management Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Visitation 520,828 (2014) [4]
Location in Missouri
Website: Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing over 3,700 acres (1,500 ha) on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks about five miles south of Camdenton, Missouri, in the United States. The state park's most notable feature is the ruins of a stone mansion that had been modeled after European castles of the 16th century. The park also features caves, sinkholes, and bluffs overlooking the lake. It is a prominent example of karst topography, which is geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock.[5]

History[edit]

The Ha Ha Tonka castle was started by Robert McClure Snyder (Senior) in 1905. He was a Kansas City businessman who purchased the area which was known by Native Americans in the area as "ha ha tonka" which supposedly means "laughing waters," alluding to the springs below the castle. Following his death in an auto accident in 1906, the castle was completed by his sons Robert Jr., LeRoy, and Kenneth in the late 1920s. The building was used as a hotel until it was destroyed by fire in 1942.[6] The state purchased the castle and grounds in 1978 and opened it to the public as a state park. The water tower was repaired in 2004, with a new roof installed, and the castle walls have been stabilized.[7] The ruins can be seen from an observation point across from the post office.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park has 15 miles of hiking trails leading to caves, sinkholes, natural bridges, and the castle. The park also features boating, fishing, and swimming.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ha Ha Tonka State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Missouri State Park Advisory Board Annual Report 2008". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Missouri State Park Attendance (2014)" (PDF). Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Ha Ha Tonka State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "General Info: Ha Ha Tonka State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ha Ha Tonka's Castle". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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