About Private Cabins and Riverfront Campground Owners
About Private Cabins and Riverfront Campground Owners
About Private Cabins and Riverfront Campground Owners
About Private Cabins and Riverfront Campground Owners
Tim was a 30 year veteran ironworker who retired in 2010 from St. Louis Local 396. He was born at a Virginia military base and grew up primarily in Hazelwood, Missouri. Tim was a very easy going, all-around good guy. He was a lifelong outdoorsman with particular interests in deer and turkey hunting, target shooting and driving his Polaris Ranger in the woods. Cindy has deep seated roots in Florissant, Missouri, where she was born and raised. She was a legal secretary or paralegal for 27 years, focusing most of that time on patent and trademark law. She officially retired this month - January 2014. Cindy shared Tim's passion for target practice and she enjoys quiet time in the woods.

Tim and Cindy were friends, and sometimes more, since our late teens and finally joined as a couple in 1993. True soul mates, we were married in a private beach ceremony on Grand Cayman Island in 1997. Our only child, Emileigh, is 26 and tied the knot with her soul mate, Brian, in October 2013. Em completed her higher education at MSU, landed a great job in St. Louis and will soon begin pursuing her masters degree. She and Brian made us proud grandparents in 2011, when their first child, Kaeden, was born. At ArdPark on July 5, 2011, a homeless Rat Terrier that we had seen off and on for a few weeks, finally decided to pop a squat and adopt us. We named him Shadow and he is the coolest little guy ever. Since laying to rest our third red Doberman, Butch, on Tim's birthday in 2011, Tim had an itch to own another Dobie. In August 2012, we adopted and welcomed home Max, an 8-month old, black Doberman who is quite the character. We also live with Mea and Foxy, our cats, who, as kittens, were dumped many years ago at the All American and managed to find their way to our cabin and into our hearts.

Tim and Cindy have rural Missouri upbringings so love for the outdoors has been in our blood all of our lives. Tim's grandparents lived on a farm in Salem, Missouri where he spent time helping grandpa castrate pigs, feed horses and maintain the garden. When the work was done, Tim explored caves and the woods with cousins and friends. Cindy's grandparents had a weekend cabin near Montauk State Park where many fond memories were made doing stuff like fishing, watching grandpa clean squirrels and fish, and taking trailer rides with the big tractor. Cindy also spent lots of fun days milking cows, chasing barn cats and wringing chicken necks at her great aunt's dairy farm in Rolla. From all those wonderful experiences, Tim and Cindy most enjoyed the simple things in life like picking blackberries, cutting firewood and taking walks on quiet trails. We are casual people with small needs.

Even before our lives came together, camping was our favorite and frequent recreation. Tim and I tent camped nearly every weekend and Steelville was our top destination. In our early 30s we gave up the ground for a small pop-up camper. That was great and many good times were had, but our dream was to have some land of our own. By age 35 or so, we began our search for the perfect slice of Missouri property. We patiently looked for many months and, like a gift from God, the most pristine 41 acres was eventually found.

The folks who sold the 41 acres to us passed along the original deed signed by President Buchanon, which documents the property as being part of the Spanish Land Grant. People claim to have found civil war uniform buttons and other small remnants in the nearby creek beds. This 41 acres is bordered on 3 sides by Mark Twain National Forest and came with a one room cabin that immediately became our second home. We lived in that cabin more often than not and commuted between it and our Florissant home.

We were fortunate and blessed over the years to acquire property across the road and additional parcels that join our first 41 acres and fit together like a game of monopoly. All of the additional acreage, which is also bordered by Mark Twain National Forest, is what we opened to share with you. The cabins and campground at ArdPark were renovated with help from a few close friends. Without their hard work and love, ArdPark could not have happened. It was a rewarding adventure putting ArdPark together back in 2007.

Some of our guests have asked what made us decide to open our business. The simple answer is we've been blessed with so much and feel that it should be shared with others. No matter how many years passed, Tim and I never wanted to head back to Florissant when the time came. There is no doubt you will love and treasure ArdPark as much as we do and you will quickly know why we call it "The Place You'll Never Want to Leave."

In the fall of 2011, Tim was unexpectedly diagnosed with inoperable stage 3B lung cancer. The cancer eventually metastacized to his liver and Tim left this life on October 14, 2013. Tim's final days were beyond incredible and he died quite peacefully in my and Emileigh's arms. Needless to say, the last 2 plus years were extremely difficult for us.

I am currently contemplating running ArdPark only a limited basis for the 2014 season. Many things must be explored and considered before I can decide whether or not the cabins or campground will operate. The Courtois Cabana campground may be available for rent, but with some minor differences. Some changes to ArdPark's policies may also be necessary. Both cabins are for sale. Whether or not they will operate during the 2014 season depends on if and when they are sold, and some other pending factors.

Email is now our only form of communication. Our toll free phone number has been disconnected to minimize costs. Also in the interest of cutting expenses, free brochures are no longer available.

I EXPECT TO BE
UNABLE TO ACCEPT OR CONFIRM RESERVATION REQUESTS UNTIL ABOUT LATE APRIL. I AM ALSO CONSIDERING LIMITING CABIN STAYS TO ONLY PRIOR GUESTS.

If ArdPark does continue, it will always remain private and non-commercial -- for you and for us. You won't see ArdPark billboards and you won't hear about us on the radio. We absolutely want your experience here to always be personal and untouched. Our goal has always been to give our guests the opportunity to spend time in the country with privacy, freedom and the conveniences of home at a fair price.

I sincerely hope that you and yours are doing well and that I can soon provide you with solid decisions about ArdPark's fate.

Warm regards,

Cindy
ArdPark Cabins, LLC

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About Private Cabins and Riverfront Campground Owners
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Steelville, Missouri 65565
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