This ad ran in the News-Leader in June 1966. It made columnist Steve Pokin think that perhaps someone was planning a nudist colony in the Springfield area.

Pokin Around: I’m looking for a nudist colony because, well, a reader asked me to


It’s been awhile since I heard from a reader who asked me to find information on an alleged nudist park that she heard second-hand was once south of Springfield.

This was in the late 1960s, she says. In addition, she had heard that pilots were restricted by a “no fly” order from traveling over the property to gawk.

Well, I’ve looked.

If there was a nudist park south of Springfield I can find no record of it.

(With that said, I will now wait for readers to tell me otherwise.)

But it was fun looking.

No, one doesn’t stumble upon nudity while perusing the archives of the News-Leader.

What I mean is that I found some interesting stories in my pursuit.

For a search term I used these phrases: “nudist park,” “nudist camp” and “nudist colony.”

It made me wonder: Why “colony”? If you owned a chain of 13 would you call them the Thirteen Colonies?

First of all, regarding the question, it’s not far-fetched to imagine a nudist colony in the Ozarks.

I’ve already written about one.

That column ran in 2017. The nudist colony operated in Fair Grove from the late 1950s to 1979. It was located discreetly off of Farm Road 52 and called Cedar Crest Ranch.

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Source: Springfield News-Leader

Original publication 12 March, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 26th March 2021

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