Halloween Fun in Pulaski County USA!

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween Season?  Well you won’t be bored this year!  Just come on down to Pulaski County USA where Halloween has already began!  Between Trick or Treating Events, Costume Parties, Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses, we won’t let you down this Halloween!  So go on, grab those costumes and have some fun this weekend!

Halloween Events:

The City Of Crocker is going to sponsor the 2nd ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 27, 2012 beginning at 10am-2pm located at the Norma Lea Park in Downtown Crocker. This event is sponsored by the Crocker Police Department, Crocker Public Works Department and Crocker City Hall.
Events Include: Finger Painting for your children, visits with Police Department and demonstration with K-9 “JoJo”) – Free Hot dogs, chips and soda – Halloween Costume Contest “Come dressed in your costume to show your Halloween spirit!”
For more information: 573-736-5327

Have fun at Richland’s Spooktacular and Trail of Treats!  There will be costume and pumpkin carving contests, hay rides, games and a lot of other activities!  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks in Shady Dell Park, in Richland, from 6-8pm!
For more information: 573-765-442

Pumpkin Fest in Waynesville on Halloween -Wednesday, October 31, 5pm-8pm.  Enjoy Live Bands, Drama, Games, a Pumpkin Patch, a Hay Ride, a Bon fire, Hot Dogs, Drinks, Candy, a CupCake Walk, a Bouncy House, Pop Corn, Cotton Candy, Prizes and Tons of Fun!  Free Admission! Free Pumpkins!
(All are encouraged to bring a canned good to stock Good Sam’s Food Pantry)
Sponsored by The Waynesville United Methodist Church, The Waynesville Church of the Nazarene, Harmony Baptist, Church of God-St. Robert, St. Robert First Assembly of God, and Grace Covenant Christian Center.
For more information: 573-774-2299

Trick or Treat on Main Street on Halloween – Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 5pm-7pm. The Dixon Chamber will be joining with several businesses downtown for a safe evening of trick or treating. The downtown area will be roped off (similar to what is done during Cow Days weekend) at 4:30 pm for the safety of the youngsters that will be walking around in the downtown area.
For more information: (573) 433-0954

Join us for this FREE event for the entire family!  There will be games, inflatables, and candy!
(No scary costumes please.)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 5pm-8pm in the Family Life Center
Westside Baptist Church
801 Historic 66W, Waynesville, MO
For more information: 573-774-6431

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Halloween Costume Parties:

OCTOBER 27TH, WILL BE A SCARY, ROCKIN’ HALLOWEEN!  Generation Gap, our local and talented Band will be playing for our annual Halloween Costume Contest Dance.  I assure you that there is nothing more fun than dancing in costume!  Pinky’s Patio will be debuting that night. The Patio is 3000 sq ft, has a stage for our Band, and a dance floor, with plenty of seating!
Pinky’s Champagne Room
232 Historic US Highway 66
Saint Robert, Missouri 65584



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Devils Elbow – Preserving History!

Take a trip back in time as you enter the Historic Route 66 town of Devils Elbow, Missouri!  Once named one of the “Seven Wonders of Missouri” by the Missouri State Planning Commission, it is not hard to see why once you enter this quaint little Ozark town.  The early stages of Devils Elbow began when tie hackers were known for logging short leaf pine, and later hardwood railroad ties, upriver.  The tie rafters would then rope the ties together and float them down the Big Piney River to the Gasconade River.  They did, however, have much difficulty with a rather large bend in the river that continuously caused chaotic log jams, to which the rafters believed only the devil could have caused; hence the name Devils Elbow.

Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.
Photo courtesy of Bob and Geneva Goodrich, George Lane Collection.

The bend in the river, known as the “elbow” of the Big Piney River.
Photo by Cassie Lemus

The beauty of Devils Elbow is unimaginable, breath-taking and untouched.  It lies along the 1920s section of Route 66 that was later rerouted for a more direct four-lane route to and from Fort Leonard Wood in the 1940s.  This new four-lane road completely bypassed the small resort town of Devils Elbow, but left a history now sought out by Route 66 Enthusiasts all over the world.

The community of Devils Elbow and surrounding communities are working hard today to save a great piece of Devils Elbow and Route 66 history!  On Friday, October 24, 2012 at 4pm, the United States Postal Service is holding a public meeting at the current site of the Devils Elbow Post Office to discuss a possible closure.  Why is this so important?  Do you know how many visitors travel the Mother Road through this area just to send out a post card from Devils Elbow?  More than you think!  “New people stop by every day [traveling Route 66] and always want to send a postcard with our postmark.  The loss of this landmark would be felt much further than Devils Elbow itself,” Leona Zeigenbein, Devils Elbow Post Office.

Leona Zeigenbein working in the Devils Elbow Post Office.
Photo by Cassie Lemus

These snapshots came from the guest register at Shelden’s Market.  People come from all over to send out postcards from the Devils Elbow Post Office!
Photos by Cassie Lemus

We hope to have a large crowd at the public meeting, but if you can’t attend in person, and wish for your message to be heard, please write a letter and send it to Leona Zeigenbein at 12175 Timber Road, Devils Elbow, MO 65457.  This is also the address for the location of the public meeting.  Please help us save this important piece of United States history!

Communities coming together to say that “This Place Matters!”
Photo by Cassie Lemus

The Story of Devils Elbow in Photos:

Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

The Elbow Inn was the original Munger-Moss Sandwhich Shop in the 1930s.  In the 1946 they relocated to west to Lebanon and this building was reopened as the Elbow Inn.  They definitely have a unique way of decorating, but that is what makes it so popular!
Photos by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

This steel bridge was built in 1923 and the view from the bridge is known as the Sugar Bowls for their unique shape.  They are the reason Devils Elbow is considered one of the “Seven Wonders of Missouri.”
Photo 1 by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
Photo 2 by Cassie Lemus

This aerial view taken during World War Two shows original Route 66 and some of the enterprises at Devils Elbow: (1) Devils Elbow Cafe (2) Hiawatha Lodge upstairs/Devils Elbow Hardware downstairs (3) McCoy’s Market (4) McCoy’s rental cabins, formerly Graham’s Camp (5) The furter site of today’s Shelden’s Market
Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

This is the community of Devils Elbow, once described on a postcard as “where the main street of America (Route 66) winds its way through one of the most scenic areas in the Ozark region.”
Photos by Cassie Lemus

The distinctive Devils Elbow Café was built around 1932 with locally-quarried sandstone slabs.  The owner, Dwight Rench, served as the Devils Elbow postmaster from 1933-1935 and 1937-941 where he also sold gasoline, groceries, souvenirs and home-cooked food.  Nothing remains today but the rock well house.
Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

Shelden’s Market was built in 1954 and originally called Miller’s Market.  The original owners ran it for nearly thirty years before they retired in 1984.  It has since been called Allman’s Market and today Shelden’s Market where it has housed the post office since 1954 and still sells souveniers for Route 66 travelers.
Photos by Cassie Lemus

Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

McCoy’s Store and Camp was built in 1941 with the help from Fort Leonard Wood construction workers.  Originally wanting a dance hall on the top floor, McCoy turned the top level into apartments because the dance hall became too rowdy.  The ground floor became a store where the post office was located until Miller’s Market was built in 1954.
Photo by Cassie Lemus

Photo from “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas.

This sharp curve on Route 66 in Devils Elbow was one of the most dangerous sections along Route 66 that gave it the nickname “Bloody 66.”  There was no barrier in 1926, but received a wooden fence in 1928 and later a post and cable fence.  It wasn’t until 1938 that the Works Progress Administration built a stone barrier around the curve which can still be seen today.
Photo by Cassie Lemus

Devils Elbow has a rich history along with most of Pulaski County.  To learn more about Devils Elbow and the rest of the county, make sure you check out the book “Old Pulaski in Pictures” by John Bradbury and Terry Primas which is where most of the information and photos in this blog came from.  Copies can be purchased at the Pulaski County Visitors Center, 137 St. Robert Blvd, Suite A, St. Robert, MO 65584.

Interested in traveling Route 66 through our county?  Dowload our Route 66 Historic Auto Tour, with turn by turn directions of the history through our beautiful county in the Ozarks.

Don’t forget about the public meeting tomorrow at Sheldon’s Market to help us save the Devils Elbow Post Office!  Make your voice heard!

Come back tomorrow for more and have a great day in Pulaski County USA!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Baymont Inn and Suites Fort Leonard Wood/Saint Robert – Where you are part of the family!

The Baymont Inn of Saint Robert is just two short miles from the main gate of Fort Leonard Wood.  This 70 room hotel offers a fitness center, pool, a great breakfast, but what really sets them apart is their exceptional hospitality!  They not only want their guests to feel like a part of the family, they want them to be part of the family.

Check out the flags hanging from the celing of the pool area…Baymont Supports the Troops!
Photos by Cassie Lemus

This amazing home-town feeling goes out to all of their guests, who most of the time, come back to the Baymont.  A great example of this are the 19th Engineers who every year, since 2004, have stayed at the Baymont for their reunion on the weekend after Labor Day.  As part of the festivities they have a large picnic in Waynesville City Park on that Saturday.  This year the General Manager of Baymont, Betsy Thomson, made chicken n’ dumplings and pineapple upside down cake, on her own time, so that the Engineers could have a nice home-cooked meal.  That alone, shows how much she cares about her guests!  In a review from TripAdvisor, “We always have our 19th Combat Engineer Vietnam reunion at the Baymont Inn. The staff always sees that our every need is met with enthusiasm. We could never hold our reunion any place else!!! Reunion Committee, Tom.”

The 19th Engineer’s Picnic in the Park was a huge success thanks to the volunteer efforts by the Baymont Staff!
Photos by Cassie Lemus

The Baymont has been host to several “celebrity” guests over the years.  This summer Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewel and Michael Ray came in to town for a concert and absolutely loved staying at the Baymont.  They also get visitors from all over the world!  Two men from Austria come to town every year and stay at the Baymont every time.  The staff and the guests get along so well that it is not uncommon for them to keep in touch after the guests have left.  It is no wonder why the Baymont Inn and Suites of Saint Robert is ranked #4 on TripAdvisor for hotels in the Saint Robert area!  In a review from TripAdvisor, “I went to the Baymont and was immediately greeted by the staff that insisted that my experience would be comparable to a long visit home. Sure enough, by the end of my 3 month stay at the Baymont, they had become my family…I do not know how to run a hotel, but I know how the guests should be treated, and the entire staff at the St. Robert Baymont has set the bar in the customer service industry. I had never stayed in a Baymont before, but I will never stay anywhere else again!”

Photo 1 was given to the Baymont Inn by Jeff Bates himself!
Photo provided by the Baymont Inn
Photo 2 is just another example of how supportive Baymont is of our Troops!
Photo 3 shows where everyone who has stayed with the Baymont was from!  They start over with a new map every year!
Photos by Cassie Lemus

If you are planning a trip to Pulaski County USA or planning a reunion, then you may want to check out the Baymont Inn and Suites in Saint Robert, Missouri.  You are guaranteed to have a great stay and make a few friends along the way!

Baymont Inn and Suites Ft. Leonard Wood/St. Robert
139 Carmel Valley Way
Saint Robert, MO 65584

Website: http://www.baymontinns.com/hotels/missouri/saint-robert/baymont-inn-and-suites-ft-leonard-saint-robert/hotel-overview?reg=Local-_-all-_-BAY-_-all&cid=IP_Local_yext&wid=local:yext

Baymont Inn and Suites on TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g44886-d281607-Reviews-Baymont_Inn_Suites_Ft_Leonard_St_Robert-Saint_Robert_Missouri.html

Check back tomorrow for more and have a great day in Pulaski County USA!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

The Beauty of Fall in Pulaski County USA!

If you ask anyone in the Ozarks, they will probably tell you that this Fall is the most beautiful one we have had in a long time!  Between our rolling hills and roaring rivers, I just had to get out of the office and capture this for everyone to see.  I grabbed my partner in crime, Laura, and we set out on an adventure; seriously, it was quite the adventure!

We started our Fall Photo Hunt on Tuesday (10/16/12) in Waynesville, MO on top of Bell’s Bluff.  While this is private property, we were able to get the necessary permission to get up there and take these amazing photos.  Bell’s Bluff is known today as the location of Waynesville’s largest nativity scene during the Holidays.  So large that it can be seen from I-44!  However, that is not the bluff’s only legacy.  It is said in a book by Mabel Manes Mottaz, that during the Civil War, when the Union Army came marching down the hill into Waynesville, Bell’s Bluff was where the citizens gathered to watch their progress.  It’s no wonder why this was the perfect location for that!

We then scooted down the hill toward the Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area, but before we could get too far, I spotted the perfect photo-op of a local fisherman in the Roubidoux.  I kind of felt like the paparazzi, but I couldn’t help myself, too perfect of a setting!

Our next stop was the Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park, one of the few places in the state where scuba spring diving is routinely allowed to qualified and certified cavern or cave divers.  Also known as a great place to cool off in the Summer with average temperatures in the low 60s!

We then left Waynesville and headed up Hwy 17 towards Crocker to capture the Fall beauty of the well-known Pikes Peak along the Gasconade River.  Pikes Peak has had a couple of names throughout the years; Saltpeter Cave and Indian Cave .  This was the location of a Native American skirmish in 1818 when a hunting party of Osage Indians attacked five Shawnee and two Osage.

The Devils Tea Table was our last stop of the day.  Laura had been there before, but not recently, so we continued to drive until she thought it looked familiar.  We did a little bit of wondering about in the woods, but wasn’t until we went back to the van that we noticed a trail.  Lone behold, after following the trail a short distance, we were presented with one of the top 5 views in Pulaski County!  Just beautiful!

Wednesday (10/17/12) when we arrived to work, we were a little nervous about the weather ruining our Fall Photo Hunting Day 2, but we got lucky!  We started our journey in Devils Elbow, MO, a town named for a large bend in the Big Piney River that used to cause massive log jams to which the loggers thought “only the devil could create such chaos.”  Devils Elbow was once a resort town, but has since retained that same charm.  This small town located along the Big Piney River, holds one of Route 66’s biggest attractions; The Elbow Inn!  This area is also popular for two very well-known bridges.  The first is a steel bridge built in 1923 and yes it is still standing!  The second is a wooden train bridge built in 1941 to deliver Fort Leonard Wood with needed supplies during World War ll and other wars that followed.  The history and beauty of these bridges make them very popular among photographers!

Our last stop of the day was Portuguese Point out towards Dixon off of Hwy 28!  Where did the name come from?  It was named for the original owner of the land, John Anderson Smith, who came from Kentucky with his family in 1858.  Smith was one quarter Cherokee and showed many Native characteristics, but this was during a time that Native Americans weren’t very popular.  When folks began asking what descent he came from, he told them Portuguese because many people in that area didn’t even know what a Portuguese person looked like!  Just a funny random quote from Smith, who lived to be approximately 110 years old; when asked for the prescription for a longer life, he laughed and said “don’t die.”  A funny man!

I’d have to say that our Fall Photo Hunt really made us appreciate the area we live in.  Not everyone gets to wake up every day to views like these!  Come on down to Pulaski County USA during any time of the year and I promise that you won’t be disappointed with the view!

A big thank you to my tour guide, Laura!

Join me next time and have a great day in Pulaski County USA!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Holiday Inn Express – Where sophistication meets friendliness!

Nestled along Route 66 in Pulaski County USA lies one of the most sophisticated and contemporary hotels in the Saint Robert-Fort Leonard Wood area; the Holiday Inn Express.  This fairly new hotel was built in 2010 and is 100% non-smoking.  It is conveniently located within walking distance to area restaurants and located only two miles from Fort Leonard Wood.  Guests to this hotel chose to stay based on excellent Trip Advisor reviews and the sophistication of the hotel and their staff.  What sets this hotel apart from others, you wonder?  Well not only have they received the Certificate of Excellence for 2012 from Trip Advisor, they have the only indoor salt water pool and the largest state of the art fitness center in the area!

Photo 1: Holiday Inn Express
Photo 2: Salt Water Pool
Photo 3: State of the art Fitness Center
Photos provided by the Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn of Saint Robert offers 82 guest rooms including king, queen, double and handicap accessible, and in every room they offer a coffee maker, iron and ironing boards, hair dryer and a work desk.  In order to make their guests feel at home they also offer free wireless, guest laundry, hot and cold complimentary breakfast, coffee, tea and cookies served throughout the day and a business center with fax and photocopying capabilities.  It is no wonder why they were nominated to receive the 2012 Quality Excellence Award for the Holiday Inn Express Brand, for which they did win!

Photo 1: King Room
Photo 2: Breakfast Area
Photo 3: Business Center
Photos provided by the Holiday Inn Express

“We work hard to provide the highest quality of accommodations and customer service at all of our hotels,” says Bruce Farris, Chief-Partner at Farris Brothers Investments, “and we are honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award in our industry.”

“I am not surprised that we have been considered for this reward. The Holiday Inn Express located at, 605 St. Highway Z, St. Robert, MO, is a beautiful, newly opened hotel unlike any other accommodation in the St. Robert/Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri area. The contemporary, elegant and sophisticated décor, with many amenities, will leave you pleasantly surprised,” commented Farris.

The Holiday Inn Express has been very lucky to have some pretty cool guests through their hotel since they opened.  In 2011 Erin Brockovich stopped by for a three night stay to visit her son who graduated from Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood and this October they were honored to have Gene Stephens, the oldest surviving Military Police Veteran from World War II.  Stephens was in town for Military Police Week where he received five awards as the Guest of Honor.  Stephens was drafted back in 1941 for World War II just as the Army began their Military Police program.  He escorted some of the war’s biggest names throughout Europe and Africa.

Erin Brockovich and the Holiday Inn Express Staff
Photo provided by the Holiday Inn Express

“We were honored to accommodate Mr. & Mrs. Stephens and their family at our Holiday Inn Express,” commented Bruce Farris- CEO of Farris Brothers Investments. ” Mr. Stephens is a great servant to our military and we looked forward to celebrating his accomplishments and meeting his family,” continued Farris.

In a recent interview Stephens was quoted saying, “And I would do it again. I threaten to re-up but everyone laughs at me.”

Photo 1: Mr. and Mrs. Stephens
Photo 2: Mr. Stephens and family
Photos provided by the Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express really caters to all of their guests, as can be seen from their Trip Advisor Reviews.  So next time you are in town, stop by for a night or two, relax in the pool and enjoy being treated as part of the family!

The Holiday Inn Express
605 Hwy Z
Saint Robert, MO 65584

Come back tomorrow for more and don’t forget to have a Great Day in Pulaski County USA!

Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Pulaski County USA – Dancing, Karaoke and Frogs!

Another great weekend in Pulaski County USA!  We had our annual Frogtober Fest in Waynesville, The Ark did a Zumba Party in Pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, Fort Leonard Wood had a Hudson Car Show and we had our second weekend showing of the Production of Frankenstein!

The weekend started off a little rainy and chilly, but the party at The Ark Community and Sports Center, on Friday night, really heated things up!  Eight certified Zumba Instructors came together to make a difference and raised over $300 towards Breast Cancer Awareness.  The Party in Pink filled The Ark with lights, music and dancing for over two hours and fun was had by all!

Photos provided by Jen Colon

Frogtober Fest is an annual festival put on by Waynesville to celebrate W.H. Croakers birthday!  Who is W.H. Croaker?  Well, he is Waynesville’s mascot!  You can see W.H. Croaker watching over Waynesville along Historic 66 as he is the giant frog rock sculpted and painted by local tattoo artist Phil Nelson.  This year W.H. turned fifteen, so the celebration of Frogtober Fest was even more special.  Vendors lined the streets, the smell of food and frog legs filled the air and music filled the park.  Iberia DJ Service kept the festival alive with karaoke and MCed the cake walks and other fun activities.  The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce headed up their annual Frog Race, sponsored by Sonic, where anyone could buy a frog to race down the Roubidoux River for a cash prize!  Who knew frog racing could be so fun?!

Photos by Iberia DJ Service

Photos by Cassie Lemus

We had several groups come through Pulaski County USA this week!  We love our visitors and group tours!

Dutch Royal Army Guys on their Route 66 Tour.  Photos by Karen Hood

This next weekend is looking to be a busy one again!  This is our last weekend for the Production of Frankenstein at the Theater on the Square so if you haven’t seen it yet, this is your last chance!  Saturday morning Fort Leonard Wood is having their huge Fall Cleaning Yard Sale, so if you love going to yard sales, this is the one to go to!  Richland is having their annual Hometown Harvest Festival to be followed by Cruise in at Crossroads.  Enjoy a day of vendors, music and classic cars and motorcycles.  Back in Saint Robert the Hampton Inn is hosting a Best of Fall Shopping Event with 22 vendors and raffles!  Grab your girls, get your shop on and win some great prizes, including a one night stay with the Hampton Inn!  Join the Idumea Baptist Church in Saint Robert for their Annual Fish Fry with Gospel Music entertainment by the Family Connection.  Still need more music, head on out to Dixon Saturday night for a free concert by Michael Hargis at the Missouri Festival Park.  And finally, if you are looking to try something a little different this weekend, head on out to the Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course for a tournament of Glow in the Dark Golfing!  Sounds fun to me!  So, if you are in Pulaski County USA then you shouldn’t be bored this weekend and if you aren’t in Pulaski County USA, maybe you should take a trip!  Have a great weekend and remember to get out and do something fun!

Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Paranormal Investigations of the Talbot House – Do you believe?!

Have you always wanted to be a part of a Paranormal Investigation?  Well the Crocker Optimistic Paranormal Society (COPS) is now giving people that chance!  Working for the Tourism Bureau, we always come across fun and interesting things that we feel we need to take part in to better explain them to our visitors.  Well, this was no different.  Saturday night all five of us Tourism Gals, my husband and two other ladies set out to see what this paranormal thing was all about and we may have come out of it more confused than ever!

COPS and the Historic Talbot House owner, Keith Osborne, have teamed up to offer these paranormal investigations to the public after closing.  The Talbot House is located in Downtown Waynesville and has quite the past to go with it, making it the perfect place to investigate.  The following is a little bit of history taken from the Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House Facebook Page.  Make sure you Like them!

“The Talbot House land dates back to 1842. Under the April 24, 1820 Act of Congress, President John Tyler granted 160 acres of land in Pulaski County to Mr. Edwin Swink.

The present house was built in August 1885 by Reverend Albert Washington Davis. After the Reverend Davis’s death in 1888, his widow turned the house into a hotel, which later became known as The Pulaski House.

In March of 1920 Dr C.A. Talbot, M.D., and his wife Emma Pearl (Maude), purchased the house. Dr. Talbot practiced medicine in the house for over 30 years. After Dr. Talbot’s death in 1945 his widow Emma Pearl rented out rooms to borders.

Mrs. Bonnie Dubowski purchased the house from Mrs. Talbot in 1969. Bonnie lived there until her death in 1994. Upon Bonnie’s death the house was sold and sat empty, slowly deteriorating.

In July 2001, the house was purchased by Mary Ann and Keith Osborne. They restored the house and called it the Talbot House Antiques, Collectables & Gifts. Many of the original lights and fixtures remain in the house today. The Talbot House has twelve rooms and is open for business five days a week.”
The Historic Talbot House in Downtown Waynesville.  Photo provided by Keith Osborne/COPS

The actual house itself is pretty amazing, but what makes this house so interesting is all of the unique things that Mr. Osborne has collected over the years!  You can just feel the history and the stories seeping out of it.  When you first arrive to the Talbot House, Mr. Osborne takes you on a historical tour of the house.  He shows you every room and points out different treasures for which he has stories about all.  Even if you aren’t interested in the paranormal investigation, just stop by the Talbot House some day and let Mr. Osborne show you around.  You won’t be disappointed!

After the historical tour COPS divvied out K2 meters, we grabbed our flashlights and cameras and went upstairs to begin our investigation.  The first two rooms, nothing happened at all.  I was more preoccupied about getting pictures and information that I kind of forgot to investigate!  In the third room one of the COPS members, Derrek, said he smelled fire to which our history buff Laura pointed out that one of the original owners of the house actually died from burns received while fighting a fire on the south side of the square.  Weird?  What’s weird is that Derrek had no knowledge of the fire before he smelled it, so maybe just a random coincidence?  Maybe!

In this same room we decided to try a technique with dowsing rods in which case you hold them very still in your hands, ask questions and if the rods cross, some people consider that an answer.  Well nothing happened.  So on to our fourth room, lone behold those rods were going crazy!  Poor Rebecca had volunteered to hold them, but with all of the activity we were seeing no one else wanted to take a chance.  She must have stood there for a good thirty minutes with her arms out.  It was just unbelievable to see the reaction these rods had to some of the questions.

Rebecca and Derrek with the crossed dowsing rods.  Photo by Cassie Lemus

After the excitement with the rods we took a little break and then continued with our investigation downstairs.  At this point I decided to get in on the investigation and stop with the photography.  Several of us had been given K2 meters in the beginning of the investigation in which case I got the less sensitive one of all of them.  Since not a single meter went off the entire first half of the investigation I really didn’t think much was going to happen with mine.  But as soon as I turned that sucker on, something happened in every room and, most of the time, continuously.  I checked my cell phone, I checked outlets, other people held their meters up to mine to try and figure out what was causing it, but mine was the only one having any reaction and for no reason that we could figure out.  We began asking questions, to whatever was making my meter light up, to interact with the K2.  We got some very interesting answers and some scary when Mitzi asked it if it wanted to follow me home and the meter lit up!  Just so you know, I am not possessed and nothing followed me home!

Watching the reaction of the K2 meter.  Photo provided by COPS

After the downstairs investigation, we headed back up to the room where we received all of the interaction with the rods.  We put Rebecca back in charge of them and between those rods and my K2 meter, that room was full of activity!  At one point the rods even crossed in my direction, not sure what that means, but it was a little creepy!  All in all, we had a great time!  It was more fascinating than scary because even though these weird things were happening we were more concerned with debunking them than we were with actually thinking something was controlling it.  As for the question, do we believe?  Well here’s what our staff thinks:

Cassie (Me) – I’ve always believed in spirits, not necessarily scary hauntings, but just something else out there.  This investigation just confirmed my feelings on the possibility that we aren’t alone in this world.  I mean, is it really a coincidence to ask a question and have it answered 90% of the time?  While nothing scary happened on our investigation, the fact that it was pretty obvious something was communicating with us has definitely reaffirmed my thoughts on this topic!  But that’s just me!

Karen – I’m not really “into” this kinda stuff, but I do find it interesting and I do catch Ghost Hunters on SYFY, so that’s where I get most of my info. I do believe there are spirits that exist out there but don’t think I really need to get to know them. The Investigation of Talbot House was awesome. There are very informed people running the show and nothing felt fake. Some strange things happened that night that I cannot explain, so I continue to believe. Now, if that lamp would’ve turned on (as they said it has done at another investigation) with the power to the house turned off, my story would be very different!

Beth – Throughout my life I have visited with people from all walks of life that have experienced afterlife phenomenon’s so I went on this investigation with an open mind but I tend to be pessimistic and question activity that I experience, looking for reasons to discount what occurs.  I went into the investigation thinking every little thing our group would experience would be “a sign” or communication but the COPS team actively watches for reasons for sounds or movements.  The investigation is not sensationalized at all.  Not a believer?  You just might be after a night with COPS at the Talbot House!

Mitzi – If I was skeptical before we began our investigation, I will now tell you, I am not skeptical now.  When we were in one of the rooms, I felt a cold breeze pass over me as I sat on the floor.  The door to the room was closed and no windows were open.  I am now open to the fact that spirits do communicate with us.

Laura – I went into the experience expecting the experiment with the dowsing rods to be successful, but was still a little surprised when it did.  That night solidified my belief that there are things that we do not understand about the world we live in and that everyone, leaves their mark on this earth, even if it is as simple energy.

Our Paranormal Team ready to start the investigation.  Photo provided by COPS

To schedule your Paranormal Investigation of the Talbot House, call COPS at 573-528-2149 or email crockerparanormal@yahoo.com and make sure you check out their YouTube Channel to see all the different locations they have investigated as well as the things they have found!

Check out this video of a previous investigation of the Talbot House with our girl Laura.  Do you see the shadow passing by her?  She sure felt it!  Video provided by COPS

COPS will be doing investigations every Saturday through October and Halloween night!  Cost is $25 per person, maximum of eight people and minimum age limit is 18 years old.  Paranormal Teams are also welcomed to conduct private investigations.  Please call for more information and we hope you enjoy your next paranormal experience!

Historic Talbot House
405 North Street Waynesville MO 573-774-6096

Come back tomorrow for more and don’t forget to have a Great Day in Pulaski County USA!

Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

The Liberty Lodge – 66 rooms on Route 66!

Gettin’ your kicks on Route 66?  Looking for a place to stay along Route 66?  You may want to check out the 66 guest rooms offered by Liberty Lodge on Historic Route 66 in Saint Robert, Missouri!  Cool, right?!

The hotel, once a Ramada Inn, was built in 1959 which means it has resided as a Route 66 hotel for over fifty years.  Three years ago it was it bought out by Fort Wood Hotels, completely renovated and renamed the Liberty Lodge or as some people like to refer to it, the Lovely Liberty Lodge.

Photos provided by The Liberty Lodge

The Liberty Lodge has seen its share of Route 66 Travelers throughout the years.  Dennis Yang, a children’s book author, ran the entire Mother Road from Chicago to California and stayed with the Liberty Lodge during his time through Pulaski County USA.  He even came back through on his way home just so he could see the friendly staff again.  Bicyclists from Germany and all over Europe have stayed with the hotel.  Even National Geographic stopped by when doing a story on Plato, Missouri.

Top photo: Dennis Yang running Route from Chicago to California keeping all his belongings in a baby stroller.
Middle photo: Biker from Germany biking the entire Route 66 from Chicago to California.
Bottom photo: The National Geographic Staff.
Photos provided by The Liberty Lodge

If you are looking for Free Wi-Fi, laundry and breakfast along Route 66, you may want to look into the Liberty Lodge.  They go all out for their guests.  Without a breakfast room to accommodate hot breakfasts, they will give you a coupon to the Kum and Go convenience store next door for a free breakfast sandwich and drink.  Now that is caring!  They also put on fun events, including BBQs and ice cream socials, to make their guests feel like part of the Liberty Lodge Family.

Photo provided by The Liberty Lodge

The Liberty Lodge and its staff not only give back to their guests, but they give back to their community as well.  They volunteer with the Fort Leonard Wood USO as well as volunteer with the Relay for Life every year.  Now when booking your next Route 66 trip, think about the Lovely Liberty Lodge and staff for your friendly Route 66 experience!

Photos provided by The Liberty Lodge

For more information on the Liberty Lodge check them out at http://fortwoodlibertylodge.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberty-Lodge-St-RobertFort-Leonard-Wood/177679725609603?fref=ts

For reviews of the hotel please go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g44886-d96690-Reviews-Liberty_Lodge-Saint_Robert_Missouri.html and see how much their guests love them!

Liberty Lodge 140 Old Route 66 Saint Robert, MO 573-336-3121

Come back tomorrow for more and don’t forget to have a Great Day in Pulaski County USA!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Pepper’s Sports Bar and Grill – Where food meets fun!

Route 66, Sports, Wings, Beer, Karaoke, Patriotism, Charity.  What do all of these things have in common?  When combined into one, they are Pepper’s Sports Bar and Grill!  If you haven’t been or if you have been thinking about going…GO!  You won’t be disappointed!  Check out their daily specials:

Monday – 10 Wings & Fries $6.99 – Bud Light Aluminum Bottle Specials

Wednesday – 40 cent wings, Big Ass Margarita Specials – Karaoke 7pm to 11pm

Thursday – NFL Football – Football Menu Specials w/ Pitchers & Wings

Friday – Karaoke 7pm to 1am – All You Can Eat Catfish 9.99 includes Catfish, shrimp, slaw, brown beans and cornbread!  It’s an event!

Pepper’s not only offers great food and great fun, but they are a family-based and locally owned business that really cares about the community.  Pepper’s opened in 2005 and has since joined up with OGs Riding Club and the Fo Sho Car Club to run events three times a year.  These events raise money for local charities such as the Fort Leonard Wood USO, Shop with a Cop, the Genesis House, Wounded Warriors and more.  They call the events “Light it up Night” in which they have karaoke, dancing, raffles and car and motorcycle shows.  Per year they average nearly $6000 in monies raised for these different charities!  Stay tuned to November for their next and last Light it up Night of the year!Image Light it up Night!  Photo by Tina Marie Sullivan

If you are a soldier passing through the area or if you are relocating to Fort Leonard Wood, be sure to stop by Pepper’s and sign their Military Wall of Fame!  The interior of the restaurant is covered in signatures, shout outs, quotes and drawings from military personnel and their families.  You could spend a whole week in there (maybe more) just reading the walls.Image A small portion of the Military Wall of Fame!  Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

If this blog hasn’t convinced you to go to Pepper’s yet…maybe the pictures will!Image Image Top photo: Wednesday night 40 cent wings! Bottom photo: Friday night catfish dinner! Photos by Cassie Lemus

For more information on Pepper’s Sports Bar and Grill check out their website http://Pepper’ssportsbargrill.com/ and Like them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper’s-Sports-Bar-Grill/122248081136718

Pepper’s Sports Bar and Grill 560 Old Rt 66 Saint Robert, MO 65584 573-336-2100

Come back tomorrow for more and don’t forget to have a Great Day in Pulaski County USA!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Run or Bike Route 66 in Pulaski County USA!

Last Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and what more can you ask for when there are two 5Ks scheduled to take place!  Run for Life, benefitting the Free Women’s Clinic of Pulaski County and Run for the Paws, benefitting the Pulaski County Humane Society both had great turnouts on this sun-shining day.  Run for Life took place in the Waynesville City Park while Run for your Paws took place at Sellers-Saxton.  Neither events could have taken place without the help of their many volunteers!
Photo by Taryn Anderson of Run for the Paws

Frankenstein also premiered this past weekend with two more weekends to go!  If you aren’t sure if you want to see it or not, read this review by our own Mitzi Sparks who just loved it!

“Theatre on the Square Fall production of Frankenstein is the story about Victor Frankenstein (played by Kevin Liberty) and his struggle to find his true self through the real, feeling, living, & articulate “creature” (played by Steven Seda) he has created.  Victor, the creator, abandons his “creation” and deals with him in ways that puts Victor’s loved ones in harm’s way. This is a different version of Frankenstein than we remember seeing.  You will be laughing and crying.  The casting of characters is wonderful.  Veteran performers include Bob Hooper, Laura Milner, Shannon Shrum, Gary Akins, Robert Yount, Clara Marie Tupper, Dalton McCart, and Stevie Tupper.  Newcomers include Joe Tupper, Brad Moran, Randall Helm, Jack Spady, and Lucas McDonald.  This is a production you should see!  This is a PG-13 rated production.  Ticket price are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. “ – Mitzi Sparks

Exciting things happened here at the Tourism Bureau this week when the Bicycle Adventure Club rolled down Route 66 in Pulaski County!  Karen and I were on top of it, though, and went back out to Route 66 like we did last week to get some more video and photos.  The Bicycle Adventure Club (BAC) is a non-profit, bicycle touring club for serious cyclists run by its 1,500 volunteer members. They are riding Route 66 from Chicago to Amarillo and range in age from 55 to 81 years old! Thank you for spending the night in Pulaski County USA!
Photo by Cassie Lemus

This weekend we sure hope the weather clears up from this rain because we have Frogtober Fest tomorrow which is one of the biggest festivals in this area!  Come on out to see Native American Dancing, music, lots of vendors, eat frog legs and watch a Frog Race!  There is also a Hudson Car Show tomorrow!  Come on out to Fort Leonard Wood to see these classic cars that were only produced between 1909 and 1957.  This event is open to the public!  Tonight there is a big Zumba Party in Pink to help raise money for Breast Cancer and you can still catch the production of Frankenstein tonight and tomorrow night!  It is supposed to clear up tonight to make for a bright and shiny weekend, so go ahead and get out of the house and do something fun!

Until next week,
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau