December 14, 2005

The Taum Sauk Reservoir collapsed, sending a fifteen-foot-tall wall of water and mud into the valley below and destroying Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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