Big Spring Historic District
Mundus Bishop prepared a cultural landscape report for Big Spring Historic District, part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Established in the 1920s by the State of Missouri, the park preserves one of the largest natural artesian springs in the United States. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and includes a complex of Rustic rental cabins, lodge and museum, picnic shelters, hiking paths, stone walls and log bridges that crisscross the Ozark hollows and ridgelines.
Treatment recommendations for the cultural landscape identify immediate needs for the preservation of degraded features, including building and trail needs. Specific guidance is provided for key areas on how to integrate new and necessary landscape improvements, such as walking surfaces and trails, handrails, benches, and walls into the historic setting.