Our one destination today is College of the Ozarks, otherwise known as Hard Work U. We want to have lunch at The Keeter Center's Dobyns Dining Room.
Founded in 1906, College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian liberal arts college on Point Lookout near Hollister, Missouri. It is just up the road from Turkey Creek RV Village. The campus sits on 1,000 acres overlooking Lake Taneycomo.
What makes Hard Work U, Hard Work U? No tuition is charged to the students. Every full-time student works at a campus job to help defray their expenses. The remaining portion of each student's expenses is made up through scholarships provided by gifts and contributions from donors who believe in and support the college. College of the Ozarks is a fully accredited, four-year liberal arts college with majors and minors in 45 areas. Approximately 1,500 students are enrolled with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Upon arrival at the campus, the first building you see is The Keeter Center which houses a lodge, Dobyns Dining Room, a bakery, gift shop, ice cream parlor, and conference center.
|The Keeter Center|
|Bob outside The Keeter Center|
|I'm standing under a weeping willow tree outside|
The Keeter Center
|Lobby of The Keeter Center|
|1906 Seal of The School of the Ozarks, as it was known then|
|Books for sale in the gift shop|
|Cozy lobby arrangement|
|Bob choosing his lunch|
|Dobyns Dining Room|
|College of the Ozarks campus|
|Entryway in The Keeter Center|
- Gaetz Tractor Musem
- Edwards Mill - powered by a 12-foot waterwheel turned by run-off from Lake Honor. Student workers grind whole-grain meal and flour (available to purchase inside the building).
- Greenhouses - Home to Clint McDade orchid collection which today numbers more than 7,000 plants
- Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
- Star Schoolhouse
- Williams Memorial Chapel
- Ralph Foster Museum- dedicated to the history of the Ozarks region. The museum houses thousands of objects of archaeology, history, firearms, antiques, numismatics, natural history, fine arts, geology, and mineralogy.
- Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen - where the campus's famous fruitcakes are made. Visitors are welcome in the kitchen where a variety of jellies and apple butter are also made and sold.
- Point Lookout - view of the Ozarks
|Lake Honor. College of the Ozarks|
|Nice mural on Hollister's caboose|
|Lakeside RV Park, Branson, Missouri|
Turkey Creek RV Village has a laundry room with four washers and four dryers. Great! Except when we carried our five loads of laundry over, three sets of people had the laundry room fully in use. Two sets of people had their laundry going, and another lady was waiting for machines. We put our dirty laundry down and told them we'd be back. It took almost three hours to do all our laundry. When I finished someone else came in. Busy place!
Monday done. Check.
Tomorrow we will drive to Little Rock, Arkansas. Travel Bug out.