The Pattonsburg Lake was formed in the 1930s as part of the works program. Pattonsburg boosters and other Daviess Countians urged the construction of the dam to provide help with the flood control areas towards Grand River, as well as to be used for building a recreational center.
The lake would be located about four miles west of Pattonsburg and would carry a shore land of some 150 miles. It would be a great benefit for:
- flood control, with thousands and thousands of dollars saved in the event of floods
- recreation, a distinct benefit to the northwestern section of the state
- source of water
Government engineers had visited the site and reported the proposed project was both feasible and practical. The engineers had been giving flood control along the Grand River considerable thought and attention in past years, and this was an opportunity to make it possible by participating in the public works program.
Another important aspect of the project would be the connection of the Pattonsburg-King City road, No. 4 to No. 69. This would hookup the territory with a highway that was not being served at the present.
— researched and presented by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin, MO