This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of March 30, 2015-April 5, 2015

April 4- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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April 4- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse in Waynesville, MO. Photograph by PicsByJax.

1903 Route 66 Courthouse in Waynesville, MO. Photograph by PicsByJax.

April 4- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile. Image by Terry Primas.

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile. Image by Terry Primas.

April 4- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Dusk. Call for exact start time.
Cost: $20 per person
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House will be available to National Speleological Society Convention 2015 (#NSS2015) attendees.

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House- An evening that you won’t soon forget!

Looking Ahead:

April 10 & 11- Sportsman’s Gun Show
April 25- Mountain Man Trade Rendezvous
April 25- Kids Of Our Heroes Support Ride
April 25- Battle In The Ozarks III

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org

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A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier
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FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of March 23, 2015-March 29, 2015

March 28- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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March 28- Ingress Cross Faction Boot Camp
What: Basic gameplay instruction and tips for new Ingress agents.
Where: 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, on the Square, Waynesville
When: 10-11 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau (Laura Huffman)- 573.336.6355

Pulaski County USA Ingress Cross Faction Boot Camp

March 28- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
Where: St. Robert Community Center
When: 11 am-4 pm
Cost: Adults: $10, Children 5-12: $5
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121

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Looking Ahead:
April 4- Museums on the Square Opening Day
April 4- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
April 10 & 11- Sportsman’s Gun Show
April 25- Mountain Man Trade Rendezvous

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015

National Speleological Society's (NSS) 2015 Convention will be held in Waynesville, Missouri July 13-17.

National Speleological Society’s (NSS) 2015 Convention will be held in Waynesville, Missouri July 13-17.

A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier

FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

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Waynesville, MO
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Route 66 Association of Missouri- “The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves”

The Route 66 Association of Missouri will hold its 26th Annual Motor Tour, “The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves”, on September 11—13, 2015. This may be the first “hub and spoke” format Motor Tour ever held on Historic Route 66. The “hub” for the weekend of Missouri Historic Route 66-focused travel and fun will be St. Robert. One “spoke” will be a trip to Strafford and back, and the other “spoke” will be a trip to Leasburg. After 25 successful one-way Motor Tours, this new format should be exciting for all Tourists. Everyone will get to appreciate the beauty of the Ozarks that makes traveling Historic Route 66 in Missouri so special.

"The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves”, takes place September 11—13, 2015.

“The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves”, takes place September 11—13, 2015.

On Friday, September 11th, Motor Tour check in will be from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Ft. Leonard Wood/St. Robert. The Motel is holding a block of rooms until August 21st. For reservations, Tourists must contact the Motel directly at (573) 336-3355 and mention the Motor Tour. Guides identifying places to visit and sights to see, including activities and things to do in Waynesville/St. Robert, will be provided. Driving instructions will also be provided. Each paid registration will receive a dash plaque and window decal. T-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for purchase. A mini-tour will be held that evening; details will follow.

Hampton Inn in Saint Robert, MO is the host hotel for “The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves” .

Hampton Inn in Saint Robert, MO is the host hotel for “The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves” .

On Saturday September 12th, check in will resume at 8:00 a.m. After departing at 9:00 a.m., the Motor Tour will follow the westward “spoke” to Bushmaster’s Rockin’ Race Place outside Strafford to view an interesting collection of hot rods, race cars, and racing memorabilia. There will be a $10.00 admission fee to tour the museum. As always, Tourists may create their own itinerary and stop anywhere they like. At the banquet room of the Hampton Inn that evening, a hearty and delicious meal of fried chicken and roast beef with all the trimmings will be served. Details regarding the evening’s activities will be announced later.

On Sunday September 13th, a nondenominational service will be held at 8:00 a.m. at the Hampton Inn. The Motor Tour will depart at 9:00 a.m. and follow the eastward “spoke” to Onondaga Cave State Park outside Leasburg. On the way, the owner of Belmont Vineyards and Winery outside Leasburg will provide a complimentary tour of the operation. However, Tourists may choose to stop anywhere they like. The Motor Tour will end with a box lunch at the picnic pavilion inside Onondaga Cave State Park. Either before or after lunch, Tourists may tour Onondaga Cave, a unique Missouri show cave, at a special group rate of $10.00 offered only on this day.

Visit http://www.missouri66.org to download a registration form, find more details, or check for updates. Or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/missouri66. For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Robert Schulz at schulz@htc.net or (618) 799-8021, or Tommy Pike at furyon66@earthlink.net or (417) 865-1318. Completed registration forms and payment for registration and meals must be received by August 21, 2015. Meals cannot be reserved after that date. We hope that you will join us on “The Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves”, the 26th Annual Motor Tour of the Route 66 Association of Missouri!

For a preview of Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri please contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573.336.6355 and ask for their complimentary Historic Auto Tours brochure.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of March 16, 2015-March 22, 2015

March 21- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo March 21- Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest
What: Family friendly Saint Patrick’s street festival
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 11 am-4 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

St. Patty's Fest is March 21st in Downtown Waynesville.

St. Patty’s Fest is March 21st in Downtown Waynesville.

Looking Ahead:

March 28- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
April 4- Museums on the Square Opening Day
April 4- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
April 11- Sportsman’s Gun Show

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org

National Speleological Society's (NSS) 2015 Convention will be held in Waynesville, Missouri July 13-17.

National Speleological Society’s (NSS) 2015 Convention will be held in Waynesville, Missouri July 13-17.

A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier
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FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

 

Four Things That You Do Not Want To Miss During April In Pulaski County USA!

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If you miss any of these, your friends will poke fun at you around the water cooler Monday morning.

1. Opening Day of Waynesville’s Museums
Date: Saturday April 4th
Time: 10:00 am – 4 pm
Where: On The Square, Downtown Waynesville
Cost: FREE
Contact: 1903 Courthouse Museum (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
Old Stagecoach Stop Museum (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Do Not Miss Because: Waynesville kicks off the travel season by throwing open the doors to two of her most beloved treasures- the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum. Both have exhibits that will please every member of your family!

The 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, on the Square, in downtown Waynesvile, are local and tourism favorites in Pulaski County, MO.

The 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, on the Square, in downtown Waynesvile, are local and tourism favorites in Pulaski County, MO.

2. Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
Date: *Saturday April 4th
Times: Dusk- call for exact start time
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
Cost: $20
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Do Not Miss Because: You have always wanted to be a ghost hunter!
*Make your reservations before April 1st

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

3. Sportsman Gun Show
Date: Friday April 10th & Saturday April 11th
Time: Friday- 12 pm until 6 pm, Saturday 7:30 am until 5 pm
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

Do Not Miss Because: One word- guns!

The 6th Annual Sportsman's Gun Show will be held near Dixon, MO April 10th and 11th.

The 6th Annual Sportsman’s Gun Show will be held near Dixon, MO April 10th and 11th.

4. Mountain Man Rendezvous
Date: Saturday April 25th
Time: 10 am until 4 pm
Where: Kickapoo Trace Club, 16490 Cracklin Drive, Dixon
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders (Bob Stormer): 636-734-2693

Do Not Miss Because: Mountain Men- America’s original preppers!

Party like it is 1849 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous April 25th!

Party like it is 1849 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous April 25th!

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of March 9, 2015-March 15, 2015

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JROTC Invitational Drill Meet

March 14- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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March 21- Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest
March 28- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
April 4- Museums on the Square Opening Day
April 4- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org

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FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

Hitchhikers Guide To Ingress In Pulaski County

Ingress agents love road trips! And Pulaski County is road trip country! Gather up your fellow agents and experience a day, or weekend, exploring legendary trails and roads, multiple eras of rich military history, and railroad boom towns.

It's happening all around you. They aren't coming. They're already here.

It’s happening all around you. They
aren’t coming. They’re already here.

Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, Saint Robert, Waynesville, Crocker, Dixon, Richland, over 100 portals (gazillions awaiting approval), several missions, and #PortalGem worthy “Frog Rock”.

Pulaski County’s “can’t miss” portals include:

Devils Elbow Post Office- On the original alignment of Route 66 and also on the banks of the Big Piney River, this charming village’s current Post Office was built in 1954. Bring your camera and your appetite to this portal. The nearby 1923 Devils Elbow Bridge & the dramatic bluffs are very photogenic.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- You will also want to visit the Elbow Inn & BBQ, just across the bridge. This roadhouse has been serving delicious barbecue to hungry travelers since the 1930’s. Ask the barkeep about the day the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models held a photo shoot here- and what they left behind!

GPS Coordinates: 37.846461, -92.061351

Devils Elbow Post Office is housed in Sheldens Market.

Devils Elbow Post Office is housed in Sheldens Market.

WWII Memorial- Also on Route 66, this Desert Storm era M-60 tank pays tribute to U.S. Veterans. Beginning in 1941, nearby Fort Leonard Wood has been the starting location of millions of U.S. Army careers and this tank honors them, and all members of the Armed Forces. This portal is a waypoint on the “Purple Heart City” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- The tank is located in George M. Reed Roadside Park- the last roadside park remaining in Missouri on Route 66. Make your Route 66 experience authentic with a roadside picnic lunch in the park! Don’t have fixin’s for lunch with you? Many of Saint Robert’s dining establishments offer carryout.

GPS Coordinates: 37.821337, -92.147403

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

Rock Frog- Greeting motorists into Waynesville since 1996, Frog Rock (a/k/a W.H. Croaker) has quickly became a world famous Route 66 icon. The frog sculpture was chipped away, by tattoo artist Phil Nelson, from a leftover boulder after Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) widened Waynesville Hill. This portal is a waypoint on the “Finer Than A Frog’s Hair” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Frog Rock is celebrated every October in Waynesville during the popular “Frogtoberfest” festival. Frog Rock has also inspired a pub on the Square- Hoppers. Hoppers is well known for its selection of 66 beers on tap, casual fun atmosphere, and its tasty menu items- like the Jam Burger!

GPS Coordinates: 37.827002, -92.192381

Frog Rock in Waynesville is a #PortalGem. Photo by Cat Spencer.

Frog Rock in Waynesville is a #PortalGem. Photo by Cat Spencer.

Waynesville Fort- In the early days of the Civil War, Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, was overwhelmingly pro-secessionist, and its citizens flew the Stars and Bars to show their Confederate support. The flag was lowered shortly before Federal troops marched down Waynesville Hill, set up camp, and erected a small fort near a bluff overlooking the Roubidoux Spring. Colonel Sigel had been tasked to “Occupy Waynesville. Keep open the road from Rolla to the Gasconade and clear the surrounding country of Guerillas”. This post served as a Federal supply base on the route between Rolla and Lebanon, and as was common for all of the military posts in Missouri, probably held local civilian prisoners deemed disloyal. The 5th (formerly 13th) Cavalry, State Militia, used Fort Waynesville as its base of operations in the military District of Rolla, serving there from the spring of 1863 until the war ended. Today, visible traces of the fort have disappeared to the naked eye, but members of Pulaski County Historical Society erected a historical marker in 1970 to preserve the memory of Fort Waynesville. This portal is a waypoint on the “Take The Square” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Travel south on Dewitt Street and then west on Benton Street as it’s curve follows the bluff for sweeping panoramic views and a bird’s eye view of Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. A short side trip to Laughlin Park will lead you to one of only seven designated sites on the National Trail of Tears Trail in Missouri. The site features interpretive signage about this tragic historical event.

GPS Coordinates: 37.82693, -92.200634

Fort Waynesville Historical Marker

Fort Waynesville Historical Marker

Old Stagecoach Stop- One of Pulaski County’s oldest buildings, the Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville was “built of logs in pioneer days, used as a stage coach stop and a tavern of rest for weary travelers westward bound. In 1862 the building was commandeered by the Union Forces and used as a hospital for the duration of the Civil War. After the war ended, it was remodeled and again served as a hotel for another half Century.”. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places during the early 1980’s. This portal is a waypoint on the “Finer Than A Frog’s Hair” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- At the time of the NRHP nomination the Old Stagecoach Stop was in the advanced stages of neglect. In 1983 citizens incorporated the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation for the express purpose of saving the building from demolition. Thanks to their success the building also now serves as a museum. You can visit the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum every Saturday April through September from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Make sure to visit the nearby Route 66 Courthouse Museum also!

GPS Coordinates: 37.829205, -92.200511

Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Photo by Terry Primas.

Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Photo by Terry Primas.

Freedom Church- Located in Dixon, one of Pulaski County’s Frisco Railroad boom towns. At one point in time this rural community was home to 22 churches of various denominations. This portal is a waypoint on the “Dixon, MO Steeplechase” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro is a destination restaurant near Dixon that features mouth watering dishes and breathtaking views of Portuguese Point on the Gasconade River. Each September Dixon is home to ShrimpFestival and Cow Days- a multi day street festival that dates back to the Great Depression. Nearby Boiling Spring Campground is home to Mid-Missouri’s largest precision cut corn maze each Fall. Baseball fans should make the pilgrimage to Wally Schang’s final resting place in Dixon Cemetery.

GPS Coordinates: 37.991892, -92.095468

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

Frisco Caboose Monument- Crocker is also one of Pulaski County’s Frisco Railroad boom towns and the town has a deep appreciation of its railroading heritage. Prominently featured in Norma Lea’s Frisco Park, this bright red caboose is an eye catcher. This cupola caboose was built out of a boxcar in 1975 in Springfield, MO and was originally numbered #1418. It acquired it’s #11648 number via the Burlington Northern railroad company before it was retired. This portal is a waypoint on the “Crocker Fireball Run” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Crocker’s Frisco Caboose, and the nearby Frisco Depot Museum, are featured in Season 8 of Fireball Run. The museum is open by appointment and during the annual Railroad Days festival.

GPS Coordinates: 37.949155, -92.263543

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Burlington Northern Caboose- Richland is Pulaski County’s western most railroad town and Burlington Northern Caboose #11339 has made its home in Shady Dell Park. This cupola caboose was built in 1951 as #1007 for Northern Pacific Railway. After Northern Pacific was merged into Burlington Northern in 1970 this caboose operated in Earlville, Illinois. An archived photograph by Chuck Zeiler documents this caboose in Clyde, Illinois during 1981. This portal is a waypoint on the “Richland- Frisco Boom Town” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- The intersection of Pine and McClurg streets is a pristine example of a typical layout of a railroad town. Commercial buildings are located on each side of the tracks. On the southeast corner is H.E. Warren Store. This store was founded by Captain Henry Ernest Warren in 1869 and is still owned and operated by his descendants 146 years later. This store is believed to be one of the longest continually operating family stores in Missouri.

GPS Coordinates: 37.855957, -92.396692

Shady Dell Park in Richland is home to a Burlington Northern Caboose.

Shady Dell Park in Richland is home to a Burlington Northern Caboose.

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