Building Human Happiness

Building Human Happiness (HMO73)

Location: Van Buren, MO 63965 Carter County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 56.881', W 90° 59.47'

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"We are definitely in an era of building; the best kind of building - the building of great public projects for the benefit of the public and with the definite objective of building human happiness."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Growing out of the hillside overlooking the river and spring branch, the dining lodge still offers visitors a beautiful view and a peaceful meal. It took nearly 11 months for the CCC boys to hew the beams and to quarry, cut and haul the stone needed to raise the massive structure. The lodge was designed in an Old England style so as to be in harmony with the surrounding environment.

The architect in charge of designing the structures at Big Spring was Donald A. Blake. He served as architectural foreman for Co. 1710 during the winter of 1933-34 before being transferred to Jefferson City, where he continued with state park design planning. Blake later returned permanently to Big Spring as Camp Superintendent from November 1935 to 1937.

The CCC built cabins to serve as a woodland retreat for visitors. In 3 cabins, a rustic, Old England "half timber" design featuring native stone and massive oak beams served the dual purpose of providing modern attractive accommodations and using natural materials to blend in with the forested, rocky terrain. This minimized the visual intrusion of structures on the natural scene. The C's also moved 3 existing cabins from the bank of the spring branch to the hillside and remodeled them to fit the landscape.
HM NumberHMO73
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 678869 N 4090990
Decimal Degrees36.94801667, -90.99116667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 56.881', W 90° 59.47'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 56' 52.86" N, 90° 59' 28.20" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3012-3398 State Hwy Z, Van Buren MO 63965, US
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