Missouri Row was sold to two Springdale
businessmen who tore the structure down.
Camp Joyzelle, a summer camp for girls, used
Oklahoma Row as a hotel for families of
campers for a few years. Then in 1955 the
hotel was sold to Dallas Barrack, a
Springdale antique dealer, who used it as an
antique gallery. By the 1950s the town of
Monte Ne was reduced to a few homes, a
general store, gas station, a restaurant,
and Camp Joyzelle.
Above, the general store at Monte Ne in the
Below, the ruins of the Bank of Monte
Ne at about that same time.
Local residents continued to enjoy visits to
the amphitheater, which was a popular picnic
spot in the 1950s.
Then in 1960 work began on Beaver Dam. Built
to control flooding along the White River
and in the Mississippi Valley, the dam was
deeply desired by local business interests.
Only a few history buffs expressed concern
that most of the historic resort of Monte Ne
and Harvey’s amphitheater would be flooded
by the project.
Beaver Dam about 1965.
As the waters rose, Harvey’s
tomb was moved up onto a hillside. As the
rising waters of Beaver Lake approached the
amphitheater, the Army Corps of Engineers
had to put a stop to a plan to dynamite the
site in the mistaken belief that Harvey had
buried a variety of items (including a Model
T automobile) within the concrete work. J.C.
Gladden purchased the log portions of
Oklahoma Row and moved a part of it west
along Highway 94 to use as an antique shop.
The two concrete chairs from the
amphitheater stage were moved to Rogers and
are now in Frisco Park in downtown Rogers.
The concrete tower of Oklahoma Row was above
the lake waters. Today it keeps silent
sentinel over the site of Harvey’s resort.
Though a graffiti-covered ruin, the
structure was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places as one of the
first examples of reinforced concrete
construction in Arkansas.
Monte Ne continues to exert a hold on
people’s imaginations. Whenever lake levels
drop, hundreds of people take the
opportunity to see Harvey’s amphitheater.
Some are coming to reminisce; others are
seeing it for the first time.
continues to interest people of all ages and
walks of life. Whether you see him as an
eccentric crank, a far-sighted idealist, or
a bit of both, Harvey assuredly was one of
the most interesting characters in Arkansas
The tower of Oklahoma Row is a reminder of
the heyday of Harvey’s resort.
Above, in the winter of 1963 area residents
paid a final visit to Harvey’s amphitheater
before the lake rose to cover the site. Left
and below, thousands of people visited Monte
Ne during several weeks late in 2005 and
early in 2006 when the amphitheater was
above lake level.