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The Lake­view Lodge is shown on this post­card at the top of Sky­line Drive, up above the east side of Lake Bella Vista, with the Moun­tain View Lodge in the back­ground. These lodges were built by the Linebarger Broth­ers af­ter they opened the Lake Bella Vista sum­mer re­sort in 1917. Post­marked on July 6, 1921, this post­card was sent to Mrs. Ed Brown­lee in Tulsa, with the mes­sage, “We came here for Jul 4. I go back to Siloam tonight. Wish you would come over … Fan­nie.” Across the street from where these lodges stood now stands the Keith fam­ily home, built in 1954 by E.L. Keith, who bought Lake Bella Vista in 1952 and sold it to John Cooper in 1963. The hill where these two lodges were lo­cated now holds mo­bile homes, ones that Mr. Cooper trans­ported up the hill in 1966 to house visi­tors who came for sales tours of his re­tire­ment vil­lage.

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