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.
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!
Mayor of 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.