Eminence Missouri is Robert’s home town. He went to school here and graduated from the high school here. After graduation, he moved to Cape Girardeau to attend South East Missouri State University and that is where Rob and Tina met.
Tina’s mom was selling tickets for a dance that was a benefit for a young girl with cancer. She was trying to convince Rob to buy a ticket and to sweeten the deal she promised that if he bought a ticket he would get to dance with her beautiful daughter (Tina). It worked, Rob bought a ticket, went to the dance and did in fact get to dance with Tina.
There is a whole other story about that dance and what led to them getting together, which you can ask them all about when you visit Arrowhead Campground, but for now let’s just say, they met, they danced, and they got married. They lived in Cape Girardeau and after they had their first son and Tina’s father passed away, Robert presented the idea of moving back to Eminence, MO. He had found a piece of property (Arrowhead Campground) that had been a campground but was in need of some revitalization.
When they bought Arrowhead Campground in 1995, it needed a lot of fixing up. It was overgrown and the two building that were there were half gone. (Those are the now the restrooms where you will see Tina’s wonderful Avatar and Ocean murals). The couple struggled for several years to put in the restroom’s waterlines and sewer and build the Rustic Cabin. For several years the Rustic Cabin was the only cabin until they built the Twin Cabins and then the Honeymoon Cabin. Several more years passed as they slowly started adding R/V sites through out the campgrounds (They are still doing that as they clear more land.) and built the Log Cabins.
In 2006 Rob and Tina’s second son Cody was about one and ready for his first Christmas when the family’s home burnt down. They bought a single wide trailer to live in while they rebuilt their home. That trailer became the Moon Drifter, available for vacation rental, when the family moved into their newly rebuilt home. That was their home until they moved into the bottom level of The Manor 3 years ago and turned their previous home into the campground’s office. Since the success of the Moon Drifter, Rob and Tina decided to add another trailer, the River Drifter. They also added 5 hotel style rooms to the top of The Manor and an apartment above the family’s garage, The Eagles Nest.
Their entire family, Robert, Tina, Robbie, Cody, their “almost daughters”, and Robert’s Mom, have all helped over the years to make the campground a versatile enjoyable destination. All their hard work, set backs and triumphs over the years have been worth it. They have built the campgrounds from the ground up and are committed providing an enjoyable variety of accommodations. At times the grounds may be tore up due to construction, but Rob and Tina see it as the price they must pay to build a better future for all their friends, family and guests.
From Rob & Tina, please enjoy your stay and we hope you come back to see us!