Fort Leonard Wood: Proud Pulaski County Partner

A VITAL NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY MISSION

With its main gate bordering St. Robert, and the west gate bordering Waynesville, Ft. Leonard Wood has become both an integral part of Pulaski County and an active supporter of the surrounding communities. Since its construction in late 1940, the post has become renowned for state-of-the-art training and support of national defense and has served as the launching point for millions of military careers. Fort Leonard Wood has rapidly grown as a training center, as a community, and as a partner with Pulaski County.

Main Gate, Fort Leonard Wood

Main Gate, Fort Leonard Wood

The post is home to the Engineer, Chemical, and Military Police Corps training school as well as personnel from all branches of the U.S. Military. In fact, the largest Marine detachment not stationed at a Marine base, is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. The post is also home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN), which develops concepts, doctrine, force structure and material requirements to ensure the vitality of the Engineer, Chemical and Military Police schools. Construction for the post began in December 1940 and, by the following May, the complex already had 1,600 temporary buildings. Its original mission as a basic training center began in World War II when five infantry divisions prepared for battle here. Additionally, over 5,000 POWs were detained here to work in agriculture and construction. Since World War II, Fort Leonard Wood has had units and personnel activated for every major U.S. military action.

Soldiers at Ft. Leonard Wood

Soldiers at Ft. Leonard Wood

PRESERVING AND CELEBRATING OUR MILITARY HERITAGE

Fort Leonard Wood leads the way to the future while preserving the proud history of the U.S. military. Fort Leonard Wood is home to museums, memorials and historic attractions that stir patriotism in all of us.

Perhaps the most prominent is the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex. Attracting over 125,000 visitors each year, the complex houses museums dedicated to preserving the history of Fort Leonard Wood, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Military Police Corps, and the Chemical Corps. The museums combine vivid, life-size exhibits and authentic relics, including old weaponry, documents, vehicles, and tools from all American military conflicts.

Military Museums, Ft. Leonard Wood

Military Museums, Ft. Leonard Wood

The Fort Leonard Wood Museum captivates visitors at its outdoor World War II Compound. The compound is a grouping of original barracks built from December 1940 through May 1941. Designed to be temporary structures, the buildings were built at a rate of one every 45 minutes. The museum also shows descriptions of life on the post dating back to the early 1940s. Additionally, the museum pays tribute the career of the post’s namesake, General Leonard Wood, whose career highlights include being the first commander of the Rough Riders (yep, he’s Theodore Roosevelt’s predecessor) and his appointment as the Army Chief of Staff.

Some of Fort Leonard Wood’s most popular sites are highlighted in Pulaski County USA’s Self Guided Driving Tour Brochure. Several buildings along the tour date back to the origins of Fort Leonard Wood and contain interesting bits of history. The Black Officer’s Club was built in 1941 and houses a restored mural that was painted by SSG Samuel Countee in 1945. Another structural highlight is the Rolling Heath Schoolhouse which dates back to 1912.

The Piney Valley Golf Course promises a challenging game of golf against the beautiful Piney Valley landscape.

To learn more about lodging & accommodations, and things to do near Ft. Leonard Wood visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com or call 877-858-8687 to request your complimentary Visitors Guide.

To learn more about Pulaski County USA’s complimentary services for Military Reunion Planners and Receptive and Group Tour Operators contact Karen Hood at 877-858-8687 or karenh@pulaskicountyusa.com   

Graduation Ceremonies are held throughout the year

Graduation Ceremonies are held throughout the year

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Pulaski County USA, Missouri: A Welcome Place in America’s Heartland

Centrally located in the Ozarks along Interstate 44 between St. Louis and Branson, Pulaski County offers unique attractions and rich history. Pulaski County is proud to be called home to Fort Leonard Wood, the largest active military training installation in the United States..

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau provides professional, complimentary services for Receptive and Group Tour Operators. Staff will assist with:

  • Customized Group Itineraries
  • Step-On Guide Coordination
  • Lodging/Dining Bids
  • Meeting Space Options
  • Museum Tour Coordination
  • FREE Welcome Reception/Comfort Stop at spacious Visitor Center

Fort Leonard Wood is very group friendly and motor coaches are welcome. Windshield tours of the facility are complimentary and a step on guide must accompany a motor coach. Installation tours are available with prior approval through proper channels. The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau will assist scheduling your visit to Ft. Leonard Wood. There are 3 museums representing the area’s rich history and traditions of the military and all are open to the public and free of charge. The Mahaffey Museum Complex houses the Military Police Museum, U.S. Army Engineer Museum and the Chemical Corps Museum indoors. This is the only place in the country where you can see three U.S. Army Branch museums in a single location. Outdoors, stroll through a collection of restored, temporary mobilization buildings, a replication of Ft. Leonard Wood during the 1940s.

Also offered in Pulaski County is a step-on, professionally guided tour of Historic Route 66. A step-on guide, a local historian, is available for a one of a kind tour of Historic Route 66. The tour guide will meet your motor coach at a predetermined area whether you are coming from the east or from the west. The nominal fee includes a lively 2.5 hour narrative journey along the Mother Road. Some sections of the infamous road are from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s and is easily driven.

#PulaskiCountyUSA is very group friendly and motor coaches are welcome. Book a sold out tour today by contacting Karen Hood, CTIS, at 877-858-8687, or via email at karenh@pulaskicountyusa.com

#PulaskiCountyUSA is very group friendly and motor coaches are welcome. Book a sold out tour today by contacting Karen Hood, CTIS, at 877-858-8687, or via email at karenh@pulaskicountyusa.com

This Week Around Pulaski County USA (Feb 25 – Mar 3, 2013)

Events for the week of February 25th – March 3rd, 2013

 

February 25th – February 28th – 19th Annual African American Heritage Expo
What: Guided tours of displays celebrating African American Heritage.
Where: Roubidoux Early Childhood Center (Gymnasium), 403 School Street, Waynesville
When: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE

March 1st & March 2nd– PFAA Presents Wuthering Heights
What: Community theater production of Robert Johanson’s adaptation of the book by Emily Bronte. 
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5
Contact: Tracy Moran: 573-855-6625

March 1st– Putting On The Ritz
What: Basket & service auction. 
Where: Pershing Community Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Social hour at 6:00 pm, live auction begins at 7:00 pm
Cost: $10
Contact: Violet McNeimey: violet.mcneimey@gmail.com

March 2nd– 3rd Annual Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Run/ Walk
What: 5K Run / Walk to benefit Pulaski County Humane Society. 
Where: Crocker Park, Crocker
When: 10:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $15 Youth
Contact: Barb Easterla: 573-452-3862

March 2nd– Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Paranormal Investigation of the Talbot House. 
Where: Talbot House, 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: 8:00 pm
Cost: $20
Contact: Crocker Optimistic Paranormal Society: 573-528-2149

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Beth Wiles Executive Director Feb 2013 Radio Spot

Video

Beth Wiles, Executive Director of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center speaks about upcoming events and things to do in #PulaskiCountyUSA for the months of February, March, & April.
Topics include:
• Red & white ribbon trout fishing areas in Waynesville
• Cave diving at Roubidoux Springs
• Winter float trips on the Gasconade and Big Piney Rivers
• How to obtain turn by turn directions of Route 66 (33 miles in Pulaski County)
• The Military Police Museum
• The U.S. Army Engineer Museum
• The Chemical Corps Museum
• Dream House Dolls in Dixon (2nd largest vintage Barbie distributor in the U.S.)
• Old Stagecoach Stop Museum in Waynesville
• 1903 Courthouse Museum in Waynesville
• 5K Runs / Walks
• Sportsman & Outdoor Shows
• Street Festivals
• Car Shows
• Motorcycle Rallies
• Fort Leonard Wood Sapper Competition

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Richland: The Perfect Escape

In 1869, when a railroad surveyor noticed the potential in a small area between Springfield and St. Louis, he undoubtedly had his eye on the miles of sprawling hills, the sparkling Gasconade River and the acres of green forest. The town of Richland sprang up along the Frisco Railroad and became a livestock production and farming community.

Richland’s proximity to local highways makes it a short driving distance to major shopping malls and facilities, resort communities, and several Missouri state colleges and universities.

A day at Shady Dell Park will entertain and captivate any crowd. Located in the heart of town, this 20 acre park is home to covered picnic pavilions, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, a horseshoe pitching area, tennis courts, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Events happen year round so come join us for the annual Tri-County Fair, Movie Night in the Park, the annual Truck and Tractor Pull to mention a few. Love to golf? Test your skill at our nine-hole community golf course. Shop in Pulaski County’s oldest, continually running business since 1869, H.E. Warren & Sons or cuddle a pig or hug an alpaca at the local petting farm. If you’re eager for adventure of a different nature, head out to the Gasconade River. Thirty miles of clear water winds its way around Richland to provide some of Missouri’s best bass fishing. The average traveler has probably never eaten dinner in a cave, well you can do that too, right here in Richland!

Shady Dell Park in Richland, Pulaski County USA.  Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Shady Dell Park in Richland, Pulaski County USA. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Richland's Bi-Centennial Mural, photo by Laura Huffman.

Richland’s Bi-Centennial Mural, photo by Laura Huffman.

This photograph from 1908, shows Pulaski County USA's oldest, continually running business, H.E. Warren & Sons, which opened its doors for business in Richland in 1869.  Photo provided by Old Settler’s Gazette, a publication of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation.

This photograph from 1908, shows Pulaski County USA’s oldest, continually running business, H.E. Warren & Sons, which opened its doors for business in Richland in 1869. Photo provided by Old Settler’s Gazette, a publication of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation.

Iron Creek Petting Farm. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Iron Creek Petting Farm. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Photo by Promise Alpaca Ranch

Photo by Promise Alpaca Ranch

Gasconade River, near Richland, Pulaski County USA, provides fishing, floating, canoeing, & kayaking opportunities for the whole family.  Photograph by Dustin Holmes.

Gasconade River, near Richland, Pulaski County USA, provides fishing, floating, canoeing, & kayaking opportunities for the whole family. Photograph by Dustin Holmes.

Don't miss your opportunity to dine in a cave at The Cave Restaurant & Resort overlooking the winding Gasconade River near Richland.  Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Don’t miss your opportunity to dine in a cave at The Cave Restaurant & Resort overlooking the winding Gasconade River near Richland. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

One of the cabins available for rental at the historic Cave Restaurant & Resort.  Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

One of the cabins available for rental at the historic Cave Restaurant & Resort. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA (Feb. 18-24, 2013)

Events for the week of February 18th – February 24th, 2013

 

February 22nd & 23rd – Outdoor Sportsman Show
What:
Vendors for all types of outdoor fun.
Where: St. Robert Community Center
When: Friday 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact:
Trinity Edwards: 573-451-2625

February 23rd – Vino Alan In Concert
What: “X Factor” Reality star & hometown hero performs. 
Where: The Trinity Club, St. Robert
When: 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door
Contact: Trinity Club: 573-336-0024

Looking Ahead:

February 24th -28th  – African American Heritage Expo

March 1st: Premiere of PFAA’s “Wuthering Heights”

March 2nd:  Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Run / Walk

Paranormal Investigations of The Talbot House

Blast From The Past Dance

March 16th: Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Waynesville: On The Banks of The Roubidoux

Whether it’s the beauty of a summer sunset over the Roubidoux Spring, the breathtaking fall foliage along Historic Route 66, or the charm of the downtown square, Waynesville has something to offer everyone. Even Santa doesn’t miss “Christmas On The Square” in December! Waynesville’s possibilities range from historic attractions to award-winning fishing, from underwater caves to beautiful parks, from modern-day excitement to echoes of the past.

The giant Frog Rock, W.H. Croaker, greets visitors as they arrive in downtown Waynesville. The huge painted rock is a Waynesville landmark that hints to visitors they’ve entered a city with a personality all its own.

The giant Frog Rock, W.H. Croaker, greets visitors as they arrive in downtown Waynesville. The huge painted rock is a Waynesville landmark that hints to visitors they’ve entered a city with a personality all its own.

Consider yourself a history buff? With a namesake like Revolutionary War hero “Mad Anthony” Wayne, Waynesville is as rich in history as its name suggests. The oldest city in Pulaski County, it has been a trading post for trappers and pioneers, a rest stop for stagecoaches traveling west, and an encampment for the infamous Trail of Tears. It has hosted battles and skirmishes in the Civil War and established its popularity with travelers and day-trippers alike with the development of Route 66. Waynesville’s history is immortalized in several downtown museums.

The 1903 Courthouse Musuem in Downtown Waynesville.

Photo courtesy of Denise Seevers

 

If modern-day fun holds more appeal, spend the day at beautiful Roubidoux Spring to experience the area’s best trout fishing at one of the few urban trout streams. The famous spring is also home to an underwater cave that draws certified cave divers from around the globe. In 1837, the spring was a site along the infamous Trail of Tears during the Cherokee removal.

If modern-day fun holds more appeal, spend the day at beautiful Roubidoux Spring to experience the area’s best trout fishing at one of the few urban trout streams. The famous spring is also home to an underwater cave that draws certified cave divers from around the globe. In 1837, the spring was a site along the infamous Trail of Tears during the Cherokee removal.

Photo courtesy of Connie Feighery

Take an afternoon stroll on the walking trail that joins Waynesville and Laughlin Park for a refreshing tour along the Roubidoux River, or gather the family for a picnic in one of the pavilions to please any crowd.