Knob Noster State Park Recreational Demonstration Area Storygraph

Recreational Demonstration Area Storygraph Artistic Rendering

The National Park Service's Recreational Demonstration Area storygraph was completed in the 1930s and offers an idyllic view of what an organized group camp or demonstration area might have looked like.

While the foreground in this drawing does not match anything that you would see at Camp Bobwhite, it does offer a conceptional rendering of the group camp setting. An unpaved road winds around a mature oak that leads campers to a group of structures that they would use throughout their stay.

While the structures are not labeled, the largest building toward the top-middle of the rendering would have served as the central dining hall and the other three buildings would have likely served as cabins; perhaps one of the cabins is the Director's Cabin?

Interestingly, the middle and smallest structure has a second floor. As far as we know, none of the original structures at Camp Bobwhite had a second floor. Perhaps the structure's image was just a product of the artist's rendering?

The drawing even offered a small, yet important detail: the wooden sign at the bottom right resembles a traditional National Park Service sign. The signs offer a heightened level of consistency system-wide. For example, in every Missouri state park, you will see the same type of signage: the consistency offers visitors a clear indication that they are in either a state park or a historic site.