#ThrowbackThursday- Pulaski County’s Railroad Roots

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post pays homage to #PulaskiCountyUSA’s railroad history. Before the Civil War the railroad through Pulaski County, Missouri was planned to be through the southern portion of the county, the “low road”, south of Colby and north of Iron Ore. Those settlements do not appear on modern maps of Pulaski County.

After the war, it was rerouted through the northern part because of terrain. It has been said that the northern route followed roads that were blazed by the Union & Confederate Armies. As the tracks made their way west new towns sprang up, “boom towns” that provided services to the railroad and became vital shipping points. In 1869 the railroad breathed life into Franks Switch, Dixon, Crocker, Hancock, Wood End (later Swedeborg), and Richland. The railroad changed the landscape of the area, as it brought towns to life, others fell out of favor, being just a little too far “off of the beaten track”. Such was the case with Humboldt. Humboldt was not directly on the new line and it gave way to the settlement of Crocker, which was named after Eurilis J. Crocker, a stockholder in the railroad.

This picture shows railroad workers on the tracks near Dixon, MO. Today’s visitor and tourists can follow the history of what later become known as the Frisco Railroad as it winds its way across the “high road” of Pulaski County. To receive your complimentary Historic Auto Tour of the Frisco Railroad call 573.336.6355 today. This brochure also includes auto tours of historic Route 66 and Fort Leonard Wood.

Railroad workers pose on the tracks near Dixon, Missouri in Pulaski County. Image kindly shared by Barb Warren.

Railroad workers pose on the tracks near Dixon, Missouri in Pulaski County. Image kindly shared by Barb Warren.

Route 66 Shootout

"If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout!"

“If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout!”

The second annual Route 66 Shootout Pulaski County USA will be held Dec. 20 and 21 at Waynesville High School with 19 teams playing 13 games in the shootout.

“If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout,” says WHS Athletic Director Josh Scott. “Fans who came last year saw more slam dunks, fast breaks and unique drives than they would during regular-season games, and this year will be even more exciting with more games and more teams competing. Word spread very quickly about this shootout.”

The Waynesville R-VI School District and the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau have partnered to produce this outstanding event. In addition to local teams, teams from Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas will participate in the unparalleled high school basketball hoops action.

On Friday, Dec. 20, games begin at 1 p.m. with the final game of the evening starting at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 21, the games begin at 11 a.m. and continue to the last game, which begins at 8 p.m.

“Some of the best teams in the Missouri have been paired to bring unbeatable competition,” Scott says. “These teams are accustomed to making playoffs and want the extra play time to hone their skills.”

College recruiters will find places in the stands to study their top recruits.

“We especially appreciate the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau for partnering with us as our major sponsor to make this tournament a reality,” Scott says. “We are also thankful for the area businesses who will help make this shootout a reality by helping to feed the teams and providing their support.”

The cost for admission to each day of the shootout is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Athletic passes will not be accepted for this special event. Game programs will be for sale for $2 each. They cover the teams, their rosters, records, coaches, records and more.

To plan your #Route66Shootout experience visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/shootout #PulaskiCountyUSA 2013 Route 66 Shootout Schedule

2013 Route 66 Shootout Schedule

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

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

1. Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade
Date: Sunday December 1
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Waynesville Middle School along Route 66 to Waynesville Square
Cost: FREE
Contact: Paul Corbett- 573.774.2989

Do Not Miss Because: Everyone loves a parade! Especially one that is on Historic Route 66!

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

2. Christmas On The Square
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 6-9 pm
Where: Waynesville Square
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association- 573.774.3001

Do Not Miss Because: Christmas On The Square is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit! Photos with Santa, train, hay, & carriage rides, and the 399th Army Brass Band make this family friendly street festival on Route 66 a can’t miss!

Christmas On The Square is a family friendly street festival on Historic Route 66 in Waynesville, Missouri.

Christmas On The Square is a family friendly street festival on Historic Route 66 in Waynesville, Missouri.

3. Journey To Bethlehem
Date: Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14
Time: 5-9 pm
Where: Crocker Christian Church, Crocker
Cost: FREE
Contact: Crocker Christian Church- 573.736.5121

Do Not Miss Because: Old Bethlehem comes to life with over 100 different characters and live animals during this annual live nativity scene. A great family activity!

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

4. Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas In The Park
Dates: Saturday December 14
Times: 6 pm
Where: Dixon
Cost: FREE
Contact: Betty McPherson: 573.433.1517

Do Not Miss Because: Parades are awesome! Parades at night with Christmas lights are wicked awesome! Christmas in Lions Club Park immediately afterwards.

Dixon's Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

Dixon’s Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

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Events for the week of November 25, 2013-December 2, 2013

November 29 & 30, and December 1- PFAA Presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday Curtain at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinee Curtain at 5:30pm
Cost: Adults: $10, Children 12 & Under: $5
Contact: Tracy Moran- 573.855.6625

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" at Theater On The Square in Waynesville.

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” at Theater On The Square in Waynesville.

November 30- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

December 1- Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade
Where: Waynesville Middle School along Route 66 to Waynesville Square
When: 2 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Paul Corbett- 573.774.2989

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

December 1- Holiday In The Park
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: 3-6 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Trinity Edwards- 573.451.2625

Holiday In The Park in Saint Robert has been a family tradition for more than a decade.

Holiday In The Park in Saint Robert has been a family tradition for more than a decade.

December 1- FORR Local 28 Chili Cook Off
Where: Pulaski County Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club, Buckhorn
When: 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Taz Moeller- 573.528.1528

Freedom Of The Road Riders Local 28 Chili Cook Off is a great way to warm up after the parade before heading to Christmas On Main Street in Crocker.

Freedom Of The Road Riders Local 28 Chili Cook Off is a great way to warm up after the parade before heading to Christmas On Main Street in Crocker.

December 1- Christmas On Main Street
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: 5-8 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 573.736.5327

Kick off your Christmas season at Christmas On Main Street in Crocker.

Kick off your Christmas season at Christmas On Main Street in Crocker.

Looking Forward:

December 5: Christmas On The Square
December 6: A Dickens Of A Killing
December 6, 7 & 8: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
December 7: Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Talbot House

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

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Hitchhikers Guide To Pulaski County

As Interstate 44 runs through the heart of Pulaski County in central Missouri, many motorists travel to our area. Pulaski County is I-44’s midway point between the Illinois State Line and the Oklahoma State Line. Many travelers look forward to seeing the Pulaski County signs on the roadway because they know when they need to top off their tank, grab a bite, are in need of a “sit down” meal or a clean, comfortable bed, that Pulaski County has plenty of options to meet their needs.

Pulaski County has much to offer to the traveler who departs from the Interstate; the traveler who has a case of wanderlust; the traveler who knows that the best parts of America are not found on the bland ribbons of pavement that criss cross the country. Put some color in your travels by taking Pulaski County’s “back roads”- they will take you to some of our hidden gems.

Ironically, Pulaski County’s most famous back road was once the crown jewel of the transportation system in the United States. Entrepreneurs from the past called it the “Main Street of America”, the highway departments called it Route 66, and those who seek it out today lovingly call it the “Mother Road”. Pulaski County has 33 original miles of the Mother Road that roughly parallels today’s Interstate. Travelers from all over the world seek out Devils Elbow. Devils Elbow, once a popular fishing and resort community, is a throwback to a simpler time. Tip- Stop in at the Elbow Inn & BBQ and have an ice cold beer and a fiery Tater Burger in an original Route 66 Missouri roadhouse. The nearby bluffs overlooking the gentle (and very floatable!) Big Piney River were once listed as one of Missouri’s Eight Scenic Wonders.

The Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ, an internationally known roadhouse on Route 66 in Devils Elbow, Missouri. The building is original to Route 66 and was once the home of Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop which was well known all along Route 66 for their barbecue.

The Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ, an internationally known roadhouse on Route 66 in Devils Elbow, Missouri. The building is original to Route 66 and was once the home of Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop which was well known all along Route 66 for their barbecue.

The original 1923 Route 66 Bridge crossing the Big Piney River at Devils Elbow in Pulaski County, Missouri.

The original 1923 Route 66 Bridge crossing the Big Piney River at Devils Elbow in Pulaski County, Missouri.

A quick two mile hop on a spur of Route 66, Missouri Avenue in Saint Robert, will lead you to Fort Leonard Wood. Fort Leonard Wood is one of the largest military training installations in the United States and millions of Army careers have started here. All branches of the United States military are represented here- Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, even Coast Guard. One of Fort Leonard Wood’s hidden gems, actually in plain sight, is the Mahaffey Museum Complex. This is the only location in the country where you can visit three U.S. Army Branch (Military Police, Engineer, Chemical Corps) museums in a single location. Tip- The museum complex is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Leaving Fort Leonard Wood to the west, via Polla Road, you can pay your respects to our nation’s veterans at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The cemetery is home to the newly dedicated Korean War Memorial monument. Pulaski County is very appreciative and supportive of our military and those who have served and you will see examples of our patriotism in many places throughout the county.

Korean War Memorial monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood is a gift to Korean War Veterans from Pulaski County Korean Association.

Korean War Memorial monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood is a gift to Korean War Veterans from Pulaski County Korean Association.

When exiting Missouri Veterans Cemetery, motor west on Route 66 to Missouri Route 7. This two lane highway heads northwest to the Frisco Railroad town of Richland. The road itself has been referred to as one of the best drives in the United States by driving enthusiasts. This road snakes its way through the Ozark hills and bluffs that were cut by the meandering (and very floatable!) Gasconade River. Once in Richland, make sure to visit H.E. Warren Store. This family owned department store first opened its doors to the public in 1869 and has been serving the public ever since. Tip- Folks travel from many miles away to purchase Levi’s jeans and quilting supplies at H.E. Warren.

For more information about Pulaski County USA, including more unique things to see and do (including our Antique & Sweet Treat Trail, Veterans Memorial Tour, & an audio tour of Route 66), outdoor activities, lodging and dining options call 573.336.6355 to order your complimentary Visitors Guide, log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com, or visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA. Our Visitors Center is located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Suite A in Saint Robert, Missouri and can easily be reached from Interstate 44 Exit 161. Ask us about our Veteran Thanks program!

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is the Destination Management Organization for Pulaski County, Missouri, Home of Fort Leonard Wood.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Events for the week of November 18, 2013-November 24, 2013

November 22 & November 23- 15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
Where: Performing Arts Auditorium, Waynesville High School Campus
When: Friday November 22nd 7 pm, Saturday November 23rd 6 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer.

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer.

November 23- 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 23- Turkey Trot 5K/10K
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 9 am
Cost: $20 advance sign up, $30 day of
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.4359

Turkey Trot 5K/10K Flyer.

Turkey Trot 5K/10K Flyer.

Community Programs:

November 22 & November 23- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Where: November 22- Waynesville United Methodist Church
November 23- Metamorphosis Outreach Empowerment Center, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm (both days)
Cost: $7, Children under 11 $5
Contact: Rhea Ann Mathews- 573.774.3050

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Flyer

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Flyer

Looking Forward:

November 29 & 30: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
December 1: Holiday In The Park, Saint Robert
December 1: Lion’s Club Christmas Parade, Waynesville
December 1: FORR Local 28 Chili Cook Off
December 1: Christmas on Main Street, Crocker
December 1: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

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Korean War Monument Dedication Held in Pulaski County, Missouri

Patriotic Pulaski County has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. Another symbol of our patriotic pride was unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The Pulaski County Korean Association dedicated their gift, the Korean War Memorial monument to gathered onlookers and dignified guests in a ceremony that started at 9:00 a.m..

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

The monument is a tribute to the 358 soldiers from 62 counties surrounding Pulaski County that gave their lives during the Korean War.

Speakers included Charles G. Baxter (Director, Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood), 1SG (Ret.) Walter B. Dixon (Former POW/MIA- Korean War), Kyong Rainbolt (President, Pulaski County Korean Association), Stan Baughn (Director, Missouri Cemeteries Program- Missouri Veterans Commission) and Jin-hyun Lee (Consul, Korean Consulate in Chicago).

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Distinguished guests included Steve Lynch (State Representative District 122), COL Bjarne M. Iverson (Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), CSM Terrence Murphy (Command Sergeant Major, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), George Sanders (Mayor of Saint Robert), Luge Hardman (Mayor of Waynesville), Dr. Virgie Mahan (President, Assistance Association), Members of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49, and Pastors of Korean Churches.

After the unveiling and acceptance of the monument Mr. Lee expressed appreciation for all those who served in the Korean War and Mrs. Rainbolt described the war as “America’s forgotten victory”. Both Mr. Lee and Mrs. Rainbolt reminded those in attendance that “Freedom is Not Free”. 60th Anniversary coins were presented to the Korean War Veterans in attendance by Mr. Lee.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon issued a proclamation that was read by Charles Baxter. The proclamation recognizes that “trade and economic development, tourism and educational and cultural exchanges advance our peoples and peoples around the world and promote peace” and also commended the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago “for honoring Korean War veterans and their families and friends”.

Governor Jay Nixon's Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Governor Jay Nixon’s Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.

The Korean War was fought from 25 June, 1950 until an armistice was signed by South Korea and North Korea 27 July, 1953. The United States sent 480,002 troops to aid South Korea against the North Korean invaders. Of these, the United States had 36, 503 casualties and 92, 073 wounded. The sacrifices made by American troops greatly helped South Korea and its people, and also helped to stop the spread of communism.

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to include this newest monument, a gift from the Pulaski County Korean Association as a stop on our Veterans Memorial Tour. This self guided driving tour directs visitors and tourists to nine tributes to our veterans that are in Pulaski County, Missouri. For your complimentary brochure call 877-858-8687 today.

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association.  #PulaskiCountyUSA #PatrioticPulaski #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.