1)This was possibly taken from the bridge looking West at the South shore. On the left side of the photo is the "Lake Breeze Resort" on the right side of the photo is the "Plaza Beach" resort.
2)A photo of the "Rec Room" at Plaza Beach Resort.
3)Plaza beach is now "Miramar" condos, as seen in the other photo.
We used to stay at a resort called Pikey's Beach back in the 60's. Does anyone have any idea what it is called now or if it is even still there? Trying to find information for my Father. We could see the old bridge from the resort. Thanks
I lived at the Patio Drive In and Gift Shop during the late 60's and very early 70's.
It was built by Sam Pikey and was at the very beginning of the bridge coming from Camdenton.
I would run the length of the bottom of the bridge on that walk way every day after school.
I have many wonderful memories of the Lake there and I am grateful for these pictures.
Here is the proper link to the Video of the Niangua Bridge North section demo.
On the Southside of the Lake and West of the bridge is the Lake Breeze Resort / Cabins. I was there in 2003 when the North end of the old bridge was demolished. Further to the west was the Plaza Beach Resort / Cabins. I believe Plaza Beach was demolished around 2004. A high rise condo project was started on the site. I am told that as of 2009 the condo project failed and the buildings are vacant and derelict. I will try to post some photos of the resorts from the 1960’s. The photo with the campfire is from the 1970’s at Plaza Beach Resort looking East towards Lake Breeze Resort. The bridge is visible in the 1960’s pictures of the woman waterskiing and the child on the “surfboard”. I filmed the North end of the bridge being demolished in July 2003. It is posted on Youtube here :
Thank you for this cool website.
I have a picture of my parents fishing near the old niangua bridge and staying at a resort nearby in about Oct, 1946 when my Dad returned from WWII. I was born 9 months later, July 6, 1947. Does anyone have an idea of the name of the resort/cottages? It looks like it is near the base of the bridge. Thanks!
Such a sad bridge to see go. My grandparents built a house on the southeast side of this bridge in 1977. It was a wonderful, hexagon shaped house with a 3-well dock you could see from the bridge as you passed over.
We spent many, many weekends at the lake with my grandparents. The State of Missouri decided to build the new bridge on the east side of the old bridge, therefore the state had to buy the house from them to tear it down. I don't know if it has actually been torn down yet, as I heard they were going to rent it out or something instead.
As a child, we used to walk the length of the bridge underneath it on the maintenance walkway. Not the smartest thing to do, but we did it nonetheless. Just seeing pictures of the old bridge brings back so many fond memories.
If anyone has any great pictures of this bridge of pictures of that hexagon shaped house, please send them to me! Thank you.