The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is The Cole Camp Area from local author Kenneth L. Bird and the Cole Camp Area Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
Cole Camp was named by Ezekiel Williams, who established a post office in 1830 on Williams Creek, south of the present town. Settlers from the south followed Williams, and in the 1840s an influx of German immigrants arrived to leave their mark on the area. Cole Camp maintains a cultural connection with the original settlers through year-round festivals and celebrations.
In 1861, an early Civil War battle was fought nearby by the militia; the skirmish is reenacted every two years by descendants of those men. The area's rich history is evident in many 19th-century structures preserved in Cole Camp and neighboring communities. Tourists and day-trippers en route to the Lake of the Ozarks find a delightful mirror of an earlier era in Cole Camp, along with fine restaurants, art galleries, a winery, and antique shops.
Highlights of The Coal Camp Area:
• A portion of the profits from the sales of the book are being donated to the Cole Camp Area Historical Society.
• Many of the images in the book came from the society collection, where several of the photographs have been donated from private collections of local residents over the past 40 years.
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