Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House Available During NSS Convention

The Talbot House is one of Waynesville’s oldest homes. She has stood at the corner of North Street overlooking the town’s comings and goings for 130 years. The home was originally constructed by Reverend Albert Washington Davis for his family in 1885. Only three years later he tragically died from injuries sustained while fighting a fire at the row of commercial buildings on the south side of the square. His widow converted the home into a hotel known as The Pulaski House. It is long rumored that during this time a reluctant witness to a high profile murder case chose to commit suicide in his rented room rather than go to the courthouse to testify during the trial.

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

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

In 1920 Dr. Charles A. Talbot purchased the home. He practiced medicine in this location for over 20 years before moving his office just west of the Courthouse Square. After he passed away in 1945, his widow, Emma Pearl, supplemented her income by renting rooms. A strict boarding house operator, “Maude”, as she was known, generally rented to school teachers, telephone operators, and highway patrolmen.

In 1969 Mrs. Bonnie Dubowski purchased the home and resided there until her death in 1994. She was a loving caretaker of the home and the house suffered without her, slowly deteriorating until it was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Osborne in 2001. It has operated as Talbot House Antiques, Collectables, & Gifts for more than a decade.

The home is normally open after hours once a month (first Saturday) to participants of Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House. During National Speleological Society Convention 2015 (#NSS2015) the investigations will be opened up to 30 attendees (18+) over the course of three evenings. Investigations for groups of ten will take place Tuesday (July 14), Wednesday (July 15) and Thursday (July 16) beginning at 8:30 pm and lasting until approximately 11:00 pm. Normally $20, the experience is discounted to $18 for cavers. You MUST call and reserve your spot and prepay your reservation (check or money order only) no later than June 30th. To make your reservation contact Dawnmarie Cecora at 573.528.2149. Feel free to bring cameras, head lamps, audio recorders, video cameras. Availability is limited- make your reservation for a chilling good time today!

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1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum Open For Headlamp Tours During NSS Convention

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

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

The 1903 Route 66 Courthouse is one of only two period courthouses on the Mother Road in Missouri . This building is surely a gem in the historic highway’s crown. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the courthouse remained the center of Pulaski County’s government operations until 1990. The fourth courthouse in Pulaski County’s 180+ year history, the building was designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild and he stamped his influence on this 60 by 40 foot building with his Romanesque Revival Style with Italianate features. The exterior of the courthouse shows similarities in design to the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, Italy. A walk around the outside of the building will reveal many architectural details. A keen eye might even find bullet holes on the south facade- scars from a gun battle between the townsfolk and infamous bank robber J.J. Starling in 1917.

Remarkably, the character of the 100+ year old interior is largely intact. Original wooden frames around the windows and doors remain. The original stairway, with its spindle balustrade leads to the courtroom. Court decisions and verdicts still cling to the English oak ceiling with its crafted exposed rafters and joists. The distinguished courtroom was saved due to the efforts of the Pulaski County Historical Society.

If the Courtroom walls could talk they might whisper in shushed tones the dramas that have unfolded in front of the jurors and spectators- bank heists, saloon hold ups, embezzlements, domestic disputes, murders- even an alleged murder in the Courthouse itself.

Normally open only on Saturdays, the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse throws open its doors to Welcome the National Speleological Society Convention in July. The Museum will be open for browsing Tuesday, July 14th from 5-7 pm and Thursday, July 16th from 5-8 pm. There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted. The public is invited, and encouraged, to tour during this time.

BYOL (Bring Your Own Light) head lamp tours will be offered beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday night ONLY. These guided tours will depart approximately every half hour with groups of 12-15. The cost for this tour is $2.

Don’t miss the Old Stagecoach Stop, trout fishing, and downtown shopping & dining while you are on the Square in Waynesville!

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Old Stagecoach Stop Open During NSS Convention

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile

The Old Stagecoach Stop, built in the 1850’s, is a 10-room museum. Each room is restored to a different usage or era in the building’s history. The facility has been a stage stop and tavern on the Wire Road between St. Louis and Springfield; a hospital during the Civil War; a hotel; a dentist’s office; and a boarding house for workers building Fort Leonard Wood in 1941.

Tour guides reveal the history of the building, which tells much of the story of the growth and development of Pulaski County.

Normally open only on Saturdays, the Old Stagecoach Stop throws open its doors to Welcome the National Speleological Society Convention in July. The Museum will be open Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 16th from 5-8 pm.

There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to tour the Old Stagecoach Stop during this time.

Don’t miss the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, trout fishing, and downtown shopping & dining while you are in Waynesville!

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Frisco Depot Museum Open During NSS Convention

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, Missouri.

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, Missouri.

The Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker offers a unique look into the history and culture of the region. It served an important role of the railroad system, which was the very basis of American prosperity and expansion. The museum includes many artifacts and exhibits to illustrate life on the railroad, as well as the local frontier.

Normally open by appointment only, the Frisco Depot Museum throws open its doors to Welcome the National Speleological Society Convention in July. The Museum will be open Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 16th from 6-8 pm.

There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to tour the depot during this time.

Don’t miss the Frisco caboose in Norma Lea’s Frisco Park while you are in Crocker. This bright red beauty makes a wonderful photo op!

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Welcome To Waynesville- 2015 National Speleological Society Convention

WELCOME TO WAYNESVILLE!

Waynesville is a wonderful crossroad community in the middle of America, sitting on Historic Route 66 and Interstate 44. We are thrilled to be the host of the 2015 NSS National Convention. We are proud of our natural beauty and our diverse, progressive community. We are proud to be neighbors to the military of Fort Leonard Wood.

Waynesville was founded in 1833 on the banks of Roubidoux Creek and in 1843 became the chartered seat of Pulaski County government. Our history covers the infamous Trail of Tears and the Civil War which divided the county and the town. In the 1920’s, Waynesville saw the building of the “national highway”, Route 66. We have one of only two remaining courthouses from that period to sit on the byway. In the 1940’s, as war was raging in Europe, central Missouri became the home of Fort Leonard Wood, a large basic training installation for the U.S. Army, forever changing Waynesville.

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The last several years have been dedicated to revitalizing our historic downtown square. Please visit our downtown area and enjoy shopping and dining. From a hot dog, glass of wine, a beer and a burger, German or Thai food, visit our gift shops, restaurants, and museums. In West Waynesville, we are proud of a new 12 screen cinema, the Patriot 12.

What makes Waynesville a special place is our people. We boast the only urban trout stream in the state of Missouri. The Roubidoux Spring is known nationwide as one of the largest underground cave systems for divers. We are also a certified stop on the National Historic Trail, as a site of several Trail of Tears encampments.

Missouri is the “Cave State”, with over 6300 caves. Pulaski County boasts over 300 caves and many of them will be open during your visit. Cave divers will have the option to explore the Roubidoux Spring or Boiling Spring Cave.

Our community is very excited about your visit. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know. I hope to personally visit with all of you and once again, welcome to Waynesville and our neighborhood!

Sincerely,

Luge Hardman
Mayor of Waynesville

Luge Hardman, Mayor of Waynesville, MO- home of the 2015 NSS Convention.

Luge Hardman, Mayor of Waynesville, MO- home of the 2015 NSS Convention.

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The City of Waynesville, and Mayor Hardman welcome you to Waynesville!

The City of Waynesville, and Mayor Hardman welcome you to Waynesville!

NSS 2015 will be held in Waynesville, MO July 13-17, 2015. To learn more please visit http://nss2015.caves.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015. You can also follow the Convention on Twitter at @NSS2015 or with hashtag #NSS2015. View the Convention promo video, The Cavers Guide To The Galaxy, at: http://youtu.be/l__kcttvdtU
For area information, and a free Visitors Guide, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of January 19, 2015-January 25, 2015

January 24- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo January 24- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off
What: Sample Pulaski County’s local flavor as hometown chili artists create their masterpiece for bragging rights.
Where: St. Robert Community Center
When: 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: $5, Kids 10 & Under FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce-573-336-5121

January 24 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-OffLooking Ahead:
February 7- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
February 20 & 21- Outdoor Sportsman Show
February 27- CXMMA International MMA Fights
February 28- Miss Mid Missouri Pageant

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Premiering Summer 2015

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

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

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ABA Route 66 Familiarization Tour Rolls into Pulaski County on Friday

More than 3,000 American Bus Association’s delegates gathered in St. Louis January 10-13, conducting more than 100,000 face-to-face business meetings with people from all across North America. In the process, they booked tens of millions of dollars’ worth of business to destinations, attractions and hotels in the United States and Canada.

Following the just-completed 2015 Marketplace in St. Louis, the trade organization has offered tour operators a variety of Post FAM Tours to explore the beautiful state of Missouri.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau will host 15 American Bus Association representatives on a motor coach tour, Friday January 16th. “These tour operators will get a taste of Pulaski County along their Route 66 themed tour” said Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Bureau. “We are very excited to show off our county and Historic Route 66. Although we will have just 1 ½ hours with these folks, we intend to show off a few of our best assets- Frog Rock, 1923 Devils Elbow truss bridge, Elbow Inn BBQ which is the original Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop and a good portion of the original Mother Road. We are providing lunch at Cellar 66. Mayor Hardman will welcome the group to Downtown Waynesville, while Old Stagecoach Stop Board President Jan Primas and Curator of the 1903 Courthouse Museum Denise Seevers will present tour venue information from their perspective organizations. Seeing is believing. We are delighted to show our colleagues that we are as promised- A Welcome Place in America’s Heartland… right along Historic Route 66.”

W.H. Croaker, also known as Frog Rock, greets Route 66 travelers into Waynesville. Photo by Cat Spencer.

W.H. Croaker, also known as Frog Rock, greets Route 66 travelers into Waynesville. Photo by Cat Spencer.

One of only two period courthouses on the Mother Road in Missouri , the Route 66 (1903) Courthouse Museum is surely a gem in the historic highway's crown. Photo by Pics By Jax.

One of only two period courthouses on the Mother Road in Missouri , the Route 66 (1903) Courthouse Museum is surely a gem in the historic highway’s crown. Photo by Pics By Jax.

Local historian and Route 66 tour guide Terry Primas will follow up and step on the motor coach to escort them out of the county with a lively and informative tour of Route 66 via Devils Elbow.

Originally the Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, the Elbow Inn & BBQ has been a Route 66 landmark since 1929.

Originally the Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, the Elbow Inn & BBQ has been a Route 66 landmark since 1929.

The Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville has served as a stagecoach stop, a tavern, a hotel, and as a hospital during the Civil War. Photo by Terry Primas.

The Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville has served as a stagecoach stop, a tavern, a hotel, and as a hospital during the Civil War. Photo by Terry Primas.

About the American Bus Association: The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

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To learn more about Pulaski County, Missouri please visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com and follow Pulaski County USA on Twitter at @PulCoUSA

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