#Throwback Thursday- E.A. Steckel & Ozark Springs Resort

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri, in #PulaskiCountyUSA

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is a tribute to #PulaskiCountyUSA’s busiest man, Edmund Albert Steckel. During the years of his constant flurry of activity, 1909-1928, E.A. Steckel opened Ozark Springs Resort in 1922. The old resort property is still a destination today as visitors, tourists, and curiosity seekers travel to The Cave Restaurant & Resort to enjoy a meal in the restaurant that is located inside a pre-historic cave that overlooks the Gasconade River.

To learn more about E.A. Steckel, Ozark Springs Resort, & Turkey Ridge, please refer to the 2011 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/E.%20A.%20Steckel%20Ozark%20Springs.pdf

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8 More Things That You Might Not Know About Pulaski County, Missouri

Almost two weeks ago we published “11 Things That You Might Not Know About Pulaski County, Missouri” in response to Mental Floss magazine’s article “11 Things That You Might Not Know About Missouri”. Many of you have asked for more facts, so following are 8 more things…

1. Dell Mack, an American songwriter, singer and guitarist born July 15, 1937 in a cabin on Route 66, near St. Robert Missouri, first recorded Willie Dixon’s “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover” with the Golden Gate Quartet in 1958. Bo Diddley’s popular version was not recorded until 1962.

2. Miller Spring, on the Big Piney River, on the south side of Fort Leonard Wood is one of only eight known ebb and flow springs in Missouri. Of those eight it is the only one that flows regularly, every eight hours. It rises about five inches during this cycle. This spring has historically also been known as McCourtney Spring, Siphon Spring, Ebb and Flow Spring, and Breathing Spring.

3. The First Annual International Trans-Continental Foot Race, an event to promote Route 66, and dubbed The Bunion Derby stopped in Waynesville April 23, 1928. About 200 runners started the race in Los Angeles and only 55 crossed the finish line at Madison Square Garden.

First Annual International Trans-Continental Foot Race program cover.

First Annual International Trans-Continental Foot Race program cover.

4. Brewer & Shipley, consisting of Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, was a very popular folk music duo during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. They are most remembered for the single “One Toke Over The Line” which was released in 1970 on their third album, “Tarkio”. Six years later, in 1976, the pair released their seventh album, titled “Welcome To Riddle Bridge” under the Capitol Records label. The album title pays homage to Riddle Bridge in Pulaski County USA and the cover art shows Brewer & Shipley standing on the 12 panel Pennsylvania through truss bridge that was built in 1911 by Canton Bridge Company. The bridge featured on that cover was replaced circa 1987 and now serves as a footbridge in Nebraska as a part of the Arbor Day Foundation headquarters.

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5. Pulaski County was the first county in Missouri to receive the Purple Heart County designation as part of the Purple Heart Trail on the Interstate 44 Corridor. This designation expresses the desire of the county to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal. The Sister Cities of St. Robert and Waynesville, gateways to Fort Leonard Wood, have both been designated as Purple Heart Cities on the Purple Heart Trail. The railroad town of Crocker, north of Waynesville, has also been designated as a Purple Heart City. The Purple Heart Trail program is overseen by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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6. Pulaski County is home to 93 known caves. Miller Cave on Fort Leonard Wood is one of only 17 caves that are open to the public in Missouri. Miller Cave was excavated in the 1920’s by Gerald Fowke in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

View from inside Miller Cave, overlooking the Big Piney River valley below. Photo by Dustin Holmes.

View from inside Miller Cave, overlooking the Big Piney River valley below. Photo by Dustin Holmes.

7. The Gasconade River is the longest river completely within the boundary of Missouri. It has been called one of the world’s most crooked rivers. In an area near Waynesville, called The Narrows, you can float for 15 miles and be only two miles overland from your put-in.

8. According to a list compiled by the National Cattlemen’s Association in 1998, the Morgan Farm, near Waynesville is the oldest farm continually operated by the same family in Missouri, the second oldest west of the Mississippi, and the sixth oldest in the United States. The farm also holds the second oldest ranch brand in the country.

Members of the Morgan family pose in front of their home in 1908. Their land has been continually farmed by family members for 185 years. Photo courtesy of Bill Morgan, via the Old Settlers Gazette.

Members of the Morgan family pose in front of their home in 1908. Their land has been continually farmed by family members for 185 years. Photo courtesy of Bill Morgan, via the Old Settlers Gazette.

Special thanks to Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation, Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, and Encyclopedia of Pulaski County for contributions contained in this article.

For more information on things you should not miss in Pulaski County USA, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com, like us on Facebook, or stop in at our Visitors Center located at 137 Saint Robert Boulevard in Saint Robert, Missouri.

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

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

1. Leona Williams LIVE In Concert
Date: Saturday November 9
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Music In The Barn, Dixon
Cost: $20, Kids 10 and under are FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

Do Not Miss Because: International country music star, Grand Ole’ Opry favorite, & the girl next door, from Vienna, Missouri, will sing her heart out at The Barn near Dixon. The Barn’s good clean family fun atmosphere makes this a can’t miss for the entire family!

Leona Williams takes the stage at The Barn, near Dixon, November 9.

Leona Williams takes the stage at The Barn, near Dixon, November 9.

2. Veterans Day Parade
Date: Monday November 11
Time: 11 am
Where: St. Robert Municipal Center to St. Robert Community Center
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121

Do Not Miss Because: You run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. You watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York City. You honor those who have defended our great country on Veterans Day at the home of Fort Leonard Wood.

veterans day3. James Otto LIVE In Concert
Date: Saturday November 16
Time: 8:00 pm
Where: Dead Rabbit Saloon, Turkey Ridge
Cost: $20
Contact: Dead Rabbit Saloon- 573.765.4900

Do Not Miss Because: Nationally known country music talent James Otto, most known for “Just Got Started Loving You” and “Groovy Little Summer Song” takes over the Ridge. The intimate setting will make your ears happy.

James Otto takes the stage at The Dead Rabbit Saloon November 16.

James Otto takes the stage at The Dead Rabbit Saloon November 16.

4. 15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
Dates: Friday November 22 & Saturday November 23
Times: Friday 7:00 pm & Saturday 6:00 pm
Where: Waynesville High School Campus Performing Arts Auditorium
Cost: FREE
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

Do Not Miss Because: The lineup will knock your socks off. Lesters, Becky Lercher, Covenant Quartet, Final Authority, Chosen Ones, Duane Garren, Gilbert Crismon, and The Rices. These performances will make your ears happy and soothe your soul.

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer

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

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Events for the week of October 28th, 2013–November 4th, 2013

Halloween Activities- Thursday, October 31

PumpkinFest: 573.774.2299
Family Fall Festival: 573.774.6431
Hallelujah Fest: 573.774.6200
Haunted River Float: 573.336.8639
The Haunted Hill: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri
Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House: 573.528.2149

November 1 & 2- Corn Maze
What: Pulaski County’s largest precision cut corn maze.
Where: Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon
When: Saturday- 10 am until 8:30 pm
Sunday- 2 pm until 6 pm
Cost: Adults- $5, Ages 5-12 $3, 4 & under FREE
Contact: BSC Outdoors: 573.759.7294

BSC Precision Cut Corn Maze flyer

BSC Precision Cut Corn Maze flyer

November 1 & 2- Haunted River Float
What: Moonlight float on the Big Piney River, followed by a hayride
Where: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm until 10 pm
Cost: 13 and older: $25, 6-12: $10, 5 and under: FREE
Contact: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping: 573.336.8639

Haunted River Float Flyer

Haunted River Float Flyer

November 1 & 2- The Haunted Hill
What: Outdoor haunted trail attraction
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8 pm until Midnight
Cost: $12 or Speed Pass $20
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

November 2- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

November 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation starts at dusk and lasts three hours. Call for specifics.
Cost: $25 per person, space is limited, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Community Bazaars & Craft Shows

November 2
Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar 573.336.3525
Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar 573.736.5415

November 3
American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show 573.336.5066

Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar flyer

Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar flyer

Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar flyer

Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar flyer

American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show flyer

American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show flyer

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

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A New Chapter for the Devils Elbow Bridge

Devils Elbow took center stage in Pulaski County, Missouri earlier today.

The Devils Elbow Bridge over the Big Piney River, in Pulaski County, Missouri, before the renovation project begins.

The Devils Elbow Bridge over the Big Piney River, in Pulaski County, Missouri, before the renovation project begins.

Named by tie raft loggers, referring to the nearby bend in the Big Piney River, this quaint hamlet steeped in history has an international reputation as a destination landmark on storied Route 66.

Before the age of the automobile, travelers and vacationers made their way to the banks of the peaceful river via the railroads and hired “hacks”. They came in droves from the City to breathe the clean Ozarks air and to hunt and fish for the plentiful game around one of Missouri’s most scenic spots.

After Highway 14 was designated as Route 66, the Main Street of America that ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, generations of travelers took to their motor cars and set out to see the beauty of their country first hand. They surely would have been inspired when they made it to Devils Elbow. Millions of carloads of happy, vacationing families have made the crossing of the Big Piney River over the Devils Elbow Bridge since it carried its first passengers across the river below.

The Bluffs at Devils Elbow were once listed as one of Missouri's scenic wonders.

The Bluffs at Devils Elbow were once listed as one of Missouri’s scenic wonders.

The two-span through truss bridge was built in 1923 by Riley and Bailey. Route 66 was rerouted in Devils Elbow in 1942 to accommodate large materials that were being shipped on trucks by the United States Military to Fort Leonard Wood and Oklahoma. The curved east approach made it tricky for the larger vehicles to cross with their loads, and a new route was carved out of, and through, the Ozark Mountains to make a straighter, wider passage. Although the new four lane alignment of Route 66, and later the new Interstate 44, appealed to those in a hurry, or with a cumbersome load on their truck, the old route still held an appeal to purists and those who ambled along the road, taking in the sights and sounds.

Devils Elbow Bridge, over the Big Piney River, on Historic Route 66. Image courtesy of www.bridgehunter.com

Devils Elbow Bridge, over the Big Piney River, on Historic Route 66. Image courtesy of http://www.bridgehunter.com

That appeal still calls today to tourists and visitors from all corners of the world who make the Route 66 pilgrimage. Many had worried for years that the bridge would deteriorate to the state of being impassable, and some even feared that it would crumble into the river that it had stood over for 90 years.

Those fears were laid to rest today. Pulaski County Commissioners held a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the start of the construction project to renovate the iconic Route 66 bridge. Local dignitaries and Route 66 enthusiasts, including Mr. Tommy Pike of the Missouri Route 66 Association made remarks. Mr. Pike spoke briefly about the bridge’s historic value. Mr. Bill Farnham, former Pulaski County Commissioner, also spoke at the ceremony. He praised the bridge for the thousands of visitors that it brings to Pulaski County annually. Mr. Farnham’s tenacity, persistence, and doggedness was key to this renovation project moving forward. Gary Bockman of Great River Associates also addressed the gathered crowd. He spoke about the attention to detail of the historic characteristics that will be carried throughout the project. An example is that Missouri Department of Transportation has given the go ahead to the decking material to contain materials that would match the look and feel of the original, vintage Route 66 pavement that is in the Devils Elbow area. The ceremony officially ended with photo opportunities of the project officials with the ceremonial groundbreaking shovels and an announcement that there would be a ribbon cutting ceremony when the project was completed, approximately 10 months from now.

Mr. Bill Farnham addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Mr. Bill Farnham addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Mr. Tommy Pike addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Mr. Tommy Pike addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Mr. Gary Bockman addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Mr. Gary Bockman addresses those in attendance at the Devils Elbow Bridge renovation project groundbreaking ceremony.

Devils Elbow Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Devils Elbow Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony

Unofficially, the ceremony ended as the gathered crowd milled around in conversation and people broke off to walk across the bridge that is so near and dear to their hearts. They admired the views, took snapshots, and ran their hands across the steel bridge railings, literally touching the bridge that has touched their lives in so many memories. They said a temporary good bye to a very familiar friend and smiled approval of its new future.

Devils Elbow Bridge, an old friend.

This Week Around #PulaskiCountyUSA

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Events for the week of October 21st, 2013 –October 27th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
October 21: International Military Students
October 22: Royal Netherlands Army
October 24 & 25: Vintage Chevy Club of America

October 24th, 11:30 am, Groundbreaking Ceremony At The Historic Devils Elbow Route 66 Bridge

October 25 & 26- Haunted River Float
What: Moonlight float on the Big Piney River, followed by a hayride
Where: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm until 10 pm
Cost: 13 and older: $25, 6-12: $10, 5 and under: FREE
Contact: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping: 573.336.8639

Haunted River Float Flyer

Haunted River Float Flyer

October 25 & 26- The Haunted Hill
What: Outdoor haunted trail attraction
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8 pm until Midnight
Cost: $12 or Speed Pass $20
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

October 26- Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Run/Walk
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Registration begins at 7 am, event begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $25
Contact: Pulaski County Extension- 573.774.6177

Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Walk/Run Flyer

Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Walk/Run Flyer

October 26- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

October 26- 17th Annual Halloween Bash
What: Numerous haunted houses, the Haunted House of Doom, & a hayride through the Haunting of Buckhorn Forest
Where: Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club
When: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $2
Contact: Taz Moeller- 573.528.1528

Halloween Bash Flyer

Halloween Bash Flyer

October 26- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation starts at dusk and lasts three hours. Call for specifics.
Cost: $25 per person, space is limited, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Community Halloween Events:

City of Saint Robert’s Halloween In The Park
October 25th 6:00 pm
St. Robert Community Center
573.451.2625

Halloween In The Park Flyer

Halloween In The Park Flyer

City of Richland’s 4th Annual Spooktacular and Trail of Treats
October 26th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shady Dell Park Walking Trail
573.765.4421 x 1106

Trail of Treats Flyer

Trail of Treats Flyer

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes:

BSC Outdoors- 573.759.7294
Deep Woods Farm- 573.759.3586
Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch- 573.356.0985
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch- 573.433.4375
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch- 573.759.9045

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

11 Things You Might Not Know About Pulaski County Missouri

Recently, Mental Floss published an article that has been well received titled “11 Things You Might Not Know About Missouri”. It is a fun fact filled article and it quickly became one of our favorites because of item number five on their list:

“Richland, Missouri, is the only city in the U.S. with a cave restaurant. (Don’t worry: There aren’t any bats.)”

As a tip of our hat to Mental Floss, here is our response, “11 Things You Might Not Know About Pulaski County Missouri”. We hope that you enjoy it, and share it, as much as you enjoyed and shared Mental Floss’ original version.

1. Pulaski County borders six other Missouri counties: Camden, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Phelps, and Texas. The original boundaries of “Old Pulaski” included parts or all of present day Camden, Laclede, Wright, Texas, Phelps, and Maries counties.

2. Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County, is the only place in the country where you can see three U.S. Army Branch museums in a single location.

Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood, located in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood, located in Pulaski County, Missouri.

3. Devils Elbow, a quaint village that once was a popular fishing and hunting resort location is home to the Devils Elbow Bridge over the Big Piney River. This internationally recognized bridge is the only curved approach bridge still in use by vehicles traveling Historic Route 66.

Devils Elbow Bridge, over the Big Piney River, on Historic Route 66. Image courtesy of www.bridgehunter.com

Devils Elbow Bridge, over the Big Piney River, on Historic Route 66. Image courtesy of http://www.bridgehunter.com

4. Pulaski County is sometimes referred to as “The Heart of Missouri Cave Country” and is the site of the National Speleological Society Convention in 2015.

5. Swedeborg, Missouri is listed in the popular “Touring Swedish America: Where To Go and What To See” travel guide.

6. Hooker Cut, on the four lane 1940’s alignment of Historic Route 66, was once rumored to be the deepest road cut in America.

Vintage linen postcard depicting Hooker Cut on Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri

Vintage linen postcard depicting Hooker Cut on Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri

7. The H.E. Warren Store, in Richland, is one of the oldest continually operated stores west of the Mississippi River. The store opened its doors in 1869 and the family has been serving shoppers ever since.

8. The captain of the 1952 United States Olympic Basketball team, and gold medalist, Dan Luther Pippin (1926-1965) was from Waynesville.

Dan L. Pippin and sister Nancy. Contributed by Nancy Lu Pippin Vostal.

Dan L. Pippin and sister Nancy. Contributed by Nancy Lu Pippin Vostal.

9. Walter Henry “Wally” Schang (1889-1965) a 19 season professional baseball catcher, and World Series Champion, retired to his wife’s family farm in Dixon. Wally and his wife, Dorothy rest in eternal peace at Dixon Cemetery.

World Series Champion, "Wally" Schang played in 32 World Series games and hit .287 during those appearances.

World Series Champion, “Wally” Schang played in 32 World Series games and hit .287 during those appearances.

10. Laughlin Park, in Waynesville, is one of only seven sites on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in Missouri.

11. Parts of the 1952 movie, “The Glory Brigade”, starring Victor Mature, were filmed in Pulaski County on the Big Piney River.

The Glory Brigade movie poster.

The Glory Brigade movie poster.

Special thanks to Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation, Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, Encyclopedia of Pulaski County, and City of Waynesville for contributions contained in this article.

Be sure to check out our follow-up to this post “8 More Things That You Might Not Know About Pulaski County, Missouri“!

For more information on things you should not miss in Pulaski County USA, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pulaskicountyusa, or stop in at our Visitors Center located at 137 Saint Robert Boulevard in Saint Robert, Missouri.