When Robert Snyder purchased more than 5,000 acres in Missouri's Ozark Lake district, he had visions of a private retreat in European style. Construction of his "castle" was begun in 1905, but halted a year later due to his untimely death in one of the state's first automobile accidents. Snyder's sons completed construction, then leased the castle as a hotel. Unfortunately, the structure was gutted by fire in 1942 when a chimney spark ignited the roof.
Found in Ha Ha Tonka (Laughing Waters) State Park, this structure overlooks scenic hills and lakes. Take a picnic lunch when you go.