Branson, Mo Flood 2008

Table Rock and Taneycomo Lakes

Presented by Sue Andersen  Realty

Kimberling City Bridge - April 10, 2008

Kimberling City Bridge over Table Rock LakeKimberling City Bridge in 1957 before Table Rock Lake was filled

Kimberling City Bridge - Approximately 1957

The Legends


In 1957, prior to the completion of Table Rock Dam, a very close friend of mine purchased a piece of property adjacent to these photos.  The property was purchased from the original homesteader who had lived there most of his life with no electricity or running water for $50.00 per acre (now Kimberling City).  My friend and the homesteader were on the banks of the White River discussing the property.  He told the homesteader that the experts predicted that it would take 3 years for the lake to fill.  The old homesteader just laughed and said, “ It will fill in less than 1 day.”


My friend continued the story to tell me that the homesteader who had less than an elementary education was indeed wrong.  He went on to tell  of a flash flood that came in the Spring 1957, filling the lake in three days!  Many of the original Homesteaders had to evacuate their homes.  The top of the center of Table Rock dam was not yet complete.  The massive amount of water went over the center destroying forms and equipment and delayed the completion of the dam for 1 year.   I have no way of knowing  what exact elevation the lake was when it overflowed the center.  But one thing I can say for sure is that the old homesteader had a healthy respect and knowledge of the wild White River Basin.


One of the legends that remains today concerning the filling of Table Rock Lake is the proposed dismantling of the old highway 13 bridge seen above.  As the legend goes, trucks and equipment were still on the old bridge in preparation for its dismantling in 1957 when they were overtaken by the flood waters.  To this day, the Old Hwy 13 bridge is 100 to 140 feet under water.

Special thanks to Doug Vahrenberg for his contribution of images from his

Humminbird Side Imaging Electronics



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Submerged Old Highway 13 Bridge Table Rock Lake

Images captured by “Humminbird Side Imaging Electronics”

Reverse angle North End of Old Highway 13 Bridge

North End of Old Highway 13 Bridge

These images were taken of the Old Highway 13 Bridge adjacent to Kimberling City.  It is interesting to note that several of the diagonal braces are gone causing the massive sway.


It is hard to image, that after all these years we are once again able to view the old bridge.





Top of structure: 100 ft depth


Floor of structure: 146 feet


Bottom of old creek bed: 170 feet

Flood of 1957 - Table Rock Dam not complete!

Courtesy Doug Vahrenberg

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