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Ha Ha Tonka Castle

Ha Ha Tonka castle is located 3 miles west of Camdenton Missouri, on the edge of Lake of the Ozarks. It was built around the turn of the last century by a wealthy business man from Kansas City, and changed hands several times before burning in the 1940's. The castle ruins are situated on a high bluff overlooking a beautiful valley with a large spring, cave and natural bridge. Ha Ha Tonka was added to the park system when it was acquired by the state of Missouri in 1978.

 

On the far right, you can see the castle's tall water tower and between the two are the ruins of the carriage house and stables (not visible), both of which burned when the castle caught fire. The circular area in the foreground is what remains of the castle's fountain. Ha Ha Tonka state park is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit and well worth the trip! For more information, click the following link for a detailed article by Conor Watkins: Link

 

This is a series of 6 HDR images stitched together. A panorama is the only way I could get a good shot of the whole castle with my 17mm lens. Ha Ha Tonka normally has lots of visitors and it was like that this day. I would take some shots, move my camera, wait for the people to look and move out of the way, and then take the next series of shots. Patience, they say, is a virtue! ; ) Explore #39 on 11/04/2009! Thanks everyone!

 

By the way, the castle is HUGE, way bigger than it looks in the pano!

 

Definitely view large if you can

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Taken on October 20, 2009