CCC Lodge renovated, ready to open

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gov. Nixon to attend ribbon cutting, open house set for Friday

After a more than four decade hiatus, the Roaring River State Park CCC Lodge, a historic centerpiece of the park, has been fully renovated and will soon reopen its doors to the public for lodging.

Long-awaited renovations that began last summer are now complete, and to celebrate, a public ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the park in front of the lodge on Friday at 2 p.m. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to attend the event, which will include an open house to allow the public to view the renovations and rooms.

The lodge was built in 1936 and completed in 1938 by Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration workers under Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign to provide jobs and build parks, hospitals and schools to help prosper the nation during the Great Depression. It was hand-built out of native stone and timber, and is one of the eight structures in the park that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

As late as the 1960s, the third floor of the structure had hotel rooms for overnight guests, and a family restaurant below.

The newly-renovated lodge will now have seven rooms available for rent, each with views of the river. Six of the rooms include a bedroom, kitchen and living room and will be able to sleep up to four persons. The seventh unit features a second bedroom and may sleep six. The two original fireplaces inside the structure, and some of the original beams were retained.

The lodge also includes a meeting room and commercial kitchen on the lower level that will be available to rent for special events.

Work on the outer structure included general repairs and restoration, but maintained the original rustic appearance and integrity of the building.

Reservations at the lodge will be accepted beginning Sunday and will be managed by the park's concessionaire. To make reservations, people may call 417-847-2330.

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