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Ha Ha Tonka in Camden County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

One Man's Dream

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

 

— Missouri State Parks —

 
One Man's Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 25, 2020
1. One Man's Dream Marker
Inscription.  
At the beginning of the 1900s, Robert McClure Snyder, a Kansas City businessman, visited the area. He bought over 5,000 acres and began construction of his dream-a magnificent European-style mansion or "castle.” Material for the mansion, including sandstone, walnut and oak lumber, came from the area. A stone stable, an 80-foot water tower and nine greenhouses were built to attend the main house.

By 1906, one year after construction began, Snyder was killed in an automobile accident. The interior of the castle remained unfinished until his sons completed it in 1922.

On Oct. 21, 1942, the castle and stable were destroyed by fire. In 1976, the water tower was damaged by fire. Today, the stark exterior stone walls of the castle, stable and water tower are all that remain of one man's dream.
 
Erected by Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureDisastersForts and CastlesRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location.

Ha Ha Tonka Castle image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 25, 2020
2. Ha Ha Tonka Castle
37° 58.517′ N, 92° 46.067′ W. Marker is in Ha Ha Tonka, Missouri, in Camden County. Marker is on Natural Bridge Road half a mile south of Missouri Highway D, on the left when traveling west. The marker is in the parking lot of the Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camdenton MO 65020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Snyder's Legacy (here, next to this marker); American Indians, Trappers and Settlers (here, next to this marker); Water: Sculpting The Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); The Water Tower (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
One Man's Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 25, 2020
3. One Man's Dream Marker
Map of the grounds. image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 25, 2020
4. Map of the grounds.
Renaissance Award Plaque image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 25, 2020
5. Renaissance Award Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 10, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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