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Gazette Premium Content Park Service plans Big Spring renovations

Associated Press Published: April 9, 2014

VAN BUREN, Mo. (AP) — The National Park Service plans to renovate a popular southern Missouri summer lodge first built by Depression-era workers eight decades ago.

Big Spring Lodge and Cabins in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways dates to the early 1930s, before the Current and Jack's Fork rivers were part of the national park system. Civilian Conservation Corps crews built the lodge and cabins.

The federal agency says it plans to preserve the buildings' historic features while adding some modern amenities, upgrading aging power lines, replacing a battered boat dock and making other needed repairs. The Park Service also hopes to revive river johnboat tours.

The cabins and lodge will remain open for the rest of 2014 but then close for an undetermined amount of time.

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