Dec 122012
 

Real photo postcard by McKinney

A hundred years before the Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center was built at the overlook, locals came to picnic and gawk. With a distant view of the Pomme de Terre entering the Osage, and easy accessibility from Warsaw, it was a popular day trip for generations of locals.

We have drawn a blank trying to learn the origin of the name of this overlook. We can’t find a Kaysinger family in any record we’ve seen, or even another name that may sound the same but be spelled differently. The word sounds German and there are a number of German families in Benton and surrounding counties. If anyone knows who Kaysinger was, please leave a comment.


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  One Response to “KAYSINGER BLUFF, Warsaw, Missouri”

  1. According to my mother, Juanita Faye Odenbaugh, who work in Warsaw, Missouri, years ago, Kay Singer was a young Indian girl, who experienced a traumatic love affair, ending … when she jumped off a bluff, in view of Pomme de Terre entering the Osage. As time passed, Kay Singer’s bluff, became known as Kaysinger Bluff.

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