Hitchhikers Guide To Local Flavor

Pulaski County is the melting pot of Mid-Missouri- and has the cuisine to prove it! This handy reference will guide you to some of the areas favorite unique dining spots- the places where the locals go to eat. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list. For a full listing of area restaurants, including corporate brands that you will recognize from your home, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com. Enjoy your culinary travels in the heart of Missouri cave country!

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

ASIAN CUISINE

Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill
198 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3399
10 miles from campground

It might take “a leap of faith to order sushi in Missouri in July”. New Hampshire TripAdvisor reviewer Kayaker01, took that leap of faith and declared Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill in Saint Robert as “excellent” and urges others to “Just go. You will not be disappointed.” Mizeki’s offers appetizers, Japanese noodles, lunch specials, and dinner entrees. Popular appetizers include edamame, soft shell crab, and vegetarian gyoza. Between 11 am and 2 pm you can order one of six bento lunch combos- all come with miso soup, egg roll, gyoza, salad, and rice. Bento combos are available during dinner hours also. A popular dinner choice is Unagi Danburi- a bowl of rice with eel, avocado, seaweed salad, octopus salad, and tomago. Sushi options include salmon, tuna, albacore, yellow tail, red snapper, freshwater eel, crab, octopus, squid, sweet shrimp, mussel, masago, and tamago. House rolls include an avocado roll, cucumber roll, vegetable roll, California roll, spicy shrimp & crab roll, tuna roll, salmon roll, yellow tail roll, phille roll, spicy tuna roll, shrimp tempura roll, eel cucumber roll, and a crab stick roll. Other options include a Hawaiian Roll (fresh/raw), Drill Sergeant Roll (fresh/raw), Sunshine Roll (baked), Monkey Ball (fried mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna), St. Robert Roll (lettuce, cucumber, avocado, crab meat, fried shrimp inside- topped with avocado) and the M4 Roll.

Cafe Korea
839 VFW Memorial Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.3232
11 miles from campground

Chong Moore, owner of Cafe Korea, has been sharing her South Korean heritage, culture, and food with Saint Robert for almost five years. Her prepared to order, authentic dishes have been called the “the best of Korean cuisine in the Ozarks” by Rural Missouri magazine. Raised in her Mother’s kitchen, Moore prides herself on the freshness of her ingredients. She and her staff hand slice the meats that they marinate for 24 hours before creating their “ma shee suh yo” appetizers and entrees. One of their most popular entrees is Bulgogi, served with white or fried rice, made with your choice of beef, chicken, or pork. Their lunch special is especially popular- bulgogi or teriyaki served in a bento box with rice, spring roll, yakimandu, crab rangoon, kimbahp, and house salad. The salad is served with a spicy dressing that will make you wish it was bottled for sale to take home. The restaurant only accepts cash or checks for payment. There is an ATM available inside- and they also have free Wi-Fi.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

BARBECUE CUISINE

Sweetwater Bar-B-Que
14076 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573.336.8830
13 miles from campground

Beginning in the 1820’s industrious, enterprising men began floating rafts of railroad ties down the Big Piney River, into the Gasconade River, and downstream to Arlington. These rough and ready tie-rafters named landmarks along their journey. In Pulaski County, on land that is now part of Fort Leonard Wood, between Crooked Chute and Spring Creek Eddy was Sweet Water. Sweet Water was a long, swift stretch in the river. Rafters looked forward to this spot on the Big Piney because it was “sweet going”.

Today, folks look forward to a different type of sweet water- Sweetwater Bar-B-Que on historic Route 66 in Saint Robert- not far from the banks of the Big Piney River. Sweetwater shouldn’t be hard to find- just roll down your window as you approach Exit 163 and let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot. For those dining in beer on tap is available. Sweetwater also offers meat by the pound- chopped beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, sausage, sliced turkey breast- perfect to take back to camp and share around the fire with friends. Don’t skip the sides! They are most famous for their fried spuds, but they also offer cole slaw, hillbilly beans, potato salad, corn cobette, and green beans. If you visit on a Sunday you can (and should) pick up a special treat – cabbage, corn bread, mashed potatoes, or cobbler. A slice of pecan pie is the perfect ending to a perfect Ozark BBQ experience at Sweetwater.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ
21050 Teardrop Road
Devils Elbow
573.336.5375
15 miles from campground

Nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest, this historic roadhouse has had a reputation for “good eating” dating back to the late 1920’s. In the early days of Route 66 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop served up “Old Kentucky Barbecue” chicken, ribs, pork, & beef and offered it with a bottle of Hyde Park beer. Eighty years later, travelers from around the world continue to seek out this tavern to indulge in a St Louis style, hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Other popular choices are chicken wings, ribs, pork steak, beef brisket, and the spicy Tater Burger. All pair nicely with fries, tater tots, or onion rings.

Dine outside in the Biergarten and take in the views of the rustic Big Piney River, the dramatic limestone and dolomite bluffs, and the ninety plus year old through truss bridge. It is very likely that the voices that drift from inside will include a mix of languages- a testimony to Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ’s international appeal.

CARIBBEAN CUISINE

Paradise Pit Restaurant & Lounge
95 Ichord Avenue
Waynesville
573.774.3944
6 miles from campground

Paradise Pit is a combination of savory BBQ, fresh Caribbean food and tropical cocktails.

Chicken, pork, and ribs are slow cooked with a signature rub in a custom pit. In addition to Original BBQ sauce you can choose from Chipotle BBQ, Honey BBQ, Raspberry BBQ, Mango BBQ, or jerked.

Caribbean entrees include Mofongo with Carne Frita, Yuca con Bacalao, Pernil Asado, Pollo Guisado, and Shrimp Tacos. The staff prides themselves on their authentic recipes and cooked to order meals. Local favorites include tamales and white truffle fries. You can wash down your meal with a Red Stripe beer or one of the many choices from the drink menu. Lunch menu and free Wi-Fi is available.

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

CATCH OF THE DAY

Cellar 66
115 North Benton Street
Waynesville
573.528.7675
7 miles from campground

Trout fishing in the Roaring Roubidoux in downtown Waynesville during Convention? Don’t want to hassle with cooking your dinner over the campfire? Take your catch to Cellar 66 on the Square in Waynesville and the skilled staff will prepare your fresh caught bounty! While you are there sample regional beer, spirits, and wines. Their selection also includes Made In Missouri products as well as national and international favorites.

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

COFFEE/DONUTS

Lamb’s Donuts
115 Gateway Circle
Saint Robert
573.336.3368
12 miles from campground

Veteran-Owned Lamb’s Donuts is an early morning tradition for many Pulaski County residents and Fort Leonardwood soldiers. The donuts are fresh baked daily and delicious! You can order them individually or by the dozen(s) to share with friends. Their fried dough delights include cake donuts, glazed donuts, chocolate donuts, maple donuts, apple fritters, long johns, and a variety of cinnamon rolls. Coffee and breakfast burritos are also available.

Luna Java Coffeehouse
151 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.2364
10 miles from campground

Luna Java Coffeehouse is a welcome retreat in the Saint Robert area. Kitschy and cozy, with a touch of boho, this is the place that discerning coffee drinkers go for a memorable coffee experience. Staffed by top notch, knowledgeable baristas, Luna Java’s coffee excellence begins with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company of Saint Louis. Tea and smoothies are also available. Luna Java offers a limited breakfast menu beginning at 7 am. Beginning at 11 am they offer bites such as a Parmesan Chicken Wrap, Turkey Apple Bacon Panini, BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bacon Artichoke Pasta, and a vegetarian Caprese Sandwich. Grilled Cheese, Mac and Cheese, and a vegetarian PB & J Sandwich are available for the kids. Coffee Box Togo conveniently serves 8 people. Perfect for taking back to convention hall or camp!

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

GERMAN CUISINE

Paradise Deli & Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus
311 North Street
Waynesville
573.774.8422
7 miles from campground

A fixture in downtown Waynesville for over thirty years, Paradise Deli lends a touch of “Bayrische Ggemütlichkeit”- Bavarian coziness- to the Square. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the menu ranges from Bauernfrühstück (farmer’s skillet) to Bayerische Brotzeitplatt (Bavarian Lunch Time Platter- assorted cold cuts, cheese & schinkenspeck) to Hungarian style Gipsy Schnitzel topped with spicy red pepper and sauce.

The Hub Restaurant & Lounge
777 VFW Memorial Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.9990
11 miles from campground

The Hub has been a gathering spot for locals since 1974 and their menu includes items that many Fort Leonard Wood soldiers returning from Germany have described as authentic and “spot on”. The Hub prides itself on their European style kitchen and “Old World food with Old World charm”. The drink menu includes traditional German beers, wines, and liquors including Apfelkorn, Bärenjäger, and Asbach Uralt. The menu recommends four dinners as Specialties of the House:

The Schnitzel Trio includes Cordon Bleu, Jägerschnitzel, & St. Moritz Schnitzel.
The Black Forest Schnitzel is a pork tenderloin topped with smoked ham, tomato, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.
The Bavarian Platter consists of smoked pork chop, knackwurst (beef sausage) and brätwurst (pork sausage).
Stuffed Beef Rouladen is a generous slice of prime beef basted with hot mustard, filled with hickory smoked bacon, diced onions and pickle, baked to tenderness, and served with spaetzle and gravy.

FARMERS MARKET

Pulaski County Farmers Market
Bailey Street, Roubidoux Park
Waynesville
573.842.9079
8 miles from campground

Arriving to Convention early? Make sure to stop by Pulaski County Farmers Market for camp provisions! The market is open Saturday from 8 am until Noon. Everything is Local! Fresh vegetables and fruits in season, fresh cut herbs, naturally raised meats including bison, cage free eggs, old fashioned soaps, natural bath & body care, handmade laundry soap, jams, honey, candied nuts, crafts and a large variety of baked goods from traditional breads to exotic sweets.

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HOMESTYLE CUISINE

Westwood Cafe
27050 Highway 133
Richland
573.765.3831
8 miles from campground

Westwood Cafe is known for their “down home cookin” and their menu is loaded with stick to your ribs selections that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Entree choices include comfort food favorites such as Chicken Pot Pie, Liver & Grilled Onions, Ham and Beans, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak and ribeye and top sirloin steak dinners. Appetizers, salads/wraps, sandwiches, and burgers are also available. Breakfast is served all day!

Sunshine Cafe
688 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3255
9 miles from campground

Sunshine Cafe has been the breakfast gathering spot for many Saint Robert & Waynesville residents for years. The cafe is only open from 6:00 am until 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. They close at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Breakfast is served until 1:00 pm daily and includes traditional favorites such as bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef hash, eggs, hotcakes, and french toast. Not in a breakfast mood? The cafe also offers a variety hamburgers & sandwiches. Entrees include country fried steak, pork tenderloin, pork chops, roast beef, and ham steak options.

ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Mama Mia
101 Comfort Inn Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.1200
10 miles from campground

In Greek communities across Missouri the name Makridis is synonymous with authentic Mediterranean food. The Makridis family has a reputation for dishing up delicious food in the Show Me State for over 40 years. Eleni Makridis carries on that tradition today as owner of Mama Mia in Saint Robert. Mama Mia has been referred to as a “hidden gem”, tucked under the shadow of the Comfort Inn. Your taste buds will thank you for finding this joint. Appetizer choices include the St. Louis favorite Toasted Ravioli, Keftedakia (small Greek meatballs), and Calamari. The Greek Salad, topped with feta, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and dressing has been described as “perfect” on many occasions. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and meatball choices and can be ordered family size. They are best known for their generous gyros- no skimping on the meat at Mama Mia! Kalí̱ órexi̱

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro
16995 Highway 28
Dixon
573.759.6100
19 miles from campground

Pulaski County’s destination restaurant has strong family ties to the famous Zeno’s Restaurant on Route 66 near Rolla that closed in 2011 after 50+ years. Chef Michael Scheffer, owner of Di Trapani’s, is the grandson of Zeno Scheffer. Chef Michael brings a passion to his food, presentation, and to providing his diners a unique and memorable food and drink experience. Chef’s plates are enhanced by the extraordinary views of Portuguese Point of the Gasconade River in the valley below. The Flash Fried Spinach was first served to Chef’s mother-in-law and is now the most popular appetizer. Eggplant Parmesan and Calamari are also popular appetizers at Di Trapani’s. Entrees include Chicken Scaloppini, Filet Mignon (topped with provel and homemade roasted garlic butter sauce), Veal Oscar, Seafood Lasagna with asparagus and lobster sauce. Dominic’s Tiramisu is also highly praised. Before leaving make sure to purchase a bottle of the house salad dressing to take back with you.

Di Trapani's Italian Bistro in Dixon

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro in Dixon

MEXICAN CUISINE

Cancun Mexican Grill
690 Missouri Avenue, Suite 6
Saint Robert
573.336.8585
11 miles from campground

Cancun Mexican Grill serves dishes inspired from the coasts of Mexico. The Yucatan peninsula has a style of food all of its own which you can find in many restaurants in Cancun. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of Mayan, Caribbean, Dutch, Lebanese, and Spanish flavors. A lot of the dishes from this region are not spicy yet are absolutely delicious.

The dishes at Cancun Mexican Grill have been described as authentic, flavorful, and delicious. The Warrior Burrito is a top seller and is a local favorite. Mexican soft drinks and Horchata are available.

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

PIZZA

TK’s Pizza
743 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5616
11 miles from campground

TK’s Pizza has been a local favorite for decades in Pulaski County. Bringing back a few of their 20″ King Pick Up Specials to camp could make you a hero! In addition to the traditional toppings that you expect TK’s offers 8 specialty pizzas including – St. Louis Style (with Provel Cheese), Chicken & Spinach Alfredo, Buffalo Chicken, and Bacon Cheeseburger. You can also order cheese bread, wings, calzones, and cinnamon sticks.

GW Pizza
896 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5565
12 miles from campground

GW Pizza is another local favorite for pizzas, calzones, wings, and Chicago Hot Dogs. Home of the 30″ Queen Pizza, you can top it as you please, or choose from popular specialties- Buffalo Chicken, Taco, Alfredo, Spinach, Extreme Meat Lovers, or Vegetarian. Sandwiches offered are Meatball, Buffalo Chicken, or Chicken Bacon Ranch. Don’t forget dessert- Cinna Bites, Cinna Sticks, or Oreo Cheese Cake!

PUB GRUB

Hoppers Pub
318 Historic Route 66 East
Waynesville
573.774.0135
7 miles from campground

In the heart of Waynesville, on the Square, Hoppers Pub pays homage to its Route 66 connection by offering 66 beers on tap. Some offerings of note are: Hoppers Frog Drool, an American Pale Ale brewed exclusively for Hoppers Pub by Piney River Brewing Company; Ad Astra Ale, an Altbier (traditional German ale) brewed by Free State Brewing Company; Stone IPA, an American IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Company; Chocolate Milk Stout, a Milk/Sweet Stout brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company of Saint Louis; and Black Walnut Wheat, an American Dark Wheat Ale also from local favorite Piney River Brewing Company. The extensive beer menu covers domestics and imports, craft beers and industry giant beers-including Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR).

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

The food menu does not slack either. Specialties include Fish and Chips, Citrus Chicken, Mango Habanero Chicken, Ribeye Steak, and Frog Legs. Burger enthusiasts will enjoy working their way through the ten burgers on the menu. Standouts include the BBQ Guinness Burger, the Low Carb Burger, and the Jam Burger- topped with a signature sweet and spice jam. Salads, appetizers, and sandwiches are also available. Hoppers Pub also has a menu for the little ones!

Z Bar & Grill
127 Vickie Lynn Lane
Saint Robert
573.451.2676
10 miles from campground

Z Bar & Grill brings a contemporary flair to Saint Robert and diners can choose to enjoy their meal in the stylish dining room or on the upbeat patio area. Z Bar & Grill prides themselves on their bartenders crafting amazing cocktails, and their chefs creating delicious meals. The menu includes classic meals with an innovative twist and generous portion sizes to enjoy. The breakfast bar buffet opens at 5:30 am Monday through Friday and serves through 8:30 am. Breakfast bar buffet hours are available Saturday & Sunday. Dinner services begin at 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Menu items include appetizer selections, salads, entrees, and desserts. The Walnut Chicken Salad and Blackened Steak Salad are favorites with diners. Entrees include the Infamous Bourbon Burger, Blackened Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Panini Sandwich, Blackened Steak or Chicken Tacos, Tilapia, and Bourbon Glazed Salmon. Z Bar & Grill also offers a kids menu.

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 27, 2015-May 3, 2015

May 2- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079
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May 2- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

May 2- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

May 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

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July 13-17, 2015
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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 20, 2015-April 26, 2015

April 25- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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April 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

April 25- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

April 25- Mountain Man Trade Rendezvous
What: Vendors, tomahawk throwing, fire starting, blacksmithing, dutch oven cooking
Where: Kickapoo Trace Club, 16490 Cracklin Drive, Dixon
Time: 10:00 am-4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders (Bob Stormer)- 636.734.2693

Party like it is 1849 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous April 25th!

Party like it is 1849 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous April 25th!

April 25- Battle In The Ozarks III
What: MMA fights
Where: The ARK, 25625 Highway 17, Waynesville
Time: Doors open at 5 pm, fights start at 6:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adults, $15 Students
Contact: Jason- 573.528.1423

April 25 Battle Of The Ozarks III

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#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
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Route 66 Neon Park Proposed In Saint Robert, Missouri

Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation announced Monday its plan to develop a Route 66 Neon Park within George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, Missouri.

This development will be the first of its kind along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road that stretches from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. It will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform visitors about the history of each sign.

Artist rendering of proposed Route 66 Neon Park in St. Robert, MO.

Artist rendering of proposed Route 66 Neon Park in St. Robert, MO.

Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between 1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to the Mother Road without a park such as this.

Currently the roadside park is home to a US Army M-60 tank which will remain within the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for transporting war material to the west coast during WWII. For additional information on the namesake of the roadside park refer to “George M. Reed Roadside Park“.

“Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is excited to offer a prime location to preserve and memorialize this particular element of the Route’s culture,” said Beth Wiles, President of the organization. “Pulaski County has an opportunity to become an anchor destination along the Route with this development. Mother Road enthusiasts from around the world will want to make Pulaski County a preferred stop to see the ‘neon at night’ in this unique park.”

The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the “The Road Ahead” Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was a representative from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri who described the Association’s vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs. Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for these former icons of the Mother Road.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the City of St. Robert will also be the organization’s partners in this endeavor.

A Kickstarter campaign focuses on raising funds for architectural designs and the layout of the park. The campaign offers various levels of backing designed to appeal to individuals, associations and corporations. Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation reminds those who want to “have a hand” in this development to back the project TODAY. The campaign runs for a limited time.

For more information about the Route 66 Neon Park project visit http://www.Route66Preservation.org and http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyRoute66Preservation.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 13, 2015-April 19, 2015

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April 18- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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April 18- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

April 18- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

April 25- Mountain Man Trade Rendezvous
April 25- Kids Of Our Heroes Support Ride
April 25- Battle In The Ozarks III

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
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May 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 6, 2015-April 12, 2015

April 10 & 11- Sportsman’s Gun Show
What: Two days of buy, sell, trade!
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Friday- 12 pm until 6 pm, Saturday 7:30 am until 5 pm
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

The 6th Annual Sportsman's Gun Show will be held near Dixon, MO April 10th and 11th.

The 6th Annual Sportsman’s Gun Show will be held near Dixon, MO April 10th and 11th.

April 11- 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

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April 11- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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

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

April 11- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile. Image by Terry Primas.

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile. Image by Terry Primas.

Looking Ahead:
April 25- Mountain Man Trade Rendezvous
April 25- Kids Of Our Heroes Support Ride
April 25- Battle In The Ozarks III

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org

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National Speleological Society 2015 Convention Brings National Attention To The Cave State

Waynesville, MO in Pulaski County has been chosen as the host of the 2015 (NSS) National Speleological Society annual convention. The event is held in alternating states and regions of the United States each year. Established in 1941, the non-profit organization is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has nearly 250 chapters called “grottos” across the country.

The NSS is the largest organization in the world dedicated to exploration, preservation, education and conservation of caves. The Society’s over 10,000 members include scientists, cartographers, explorers and cave enthusiasts from the United States and all over the globe. The NSS organization is sectioned in 15 specialty interest areas of the membership to include geology, archeology, technical research and rescue, underwater cave diving and many artistic disciplines.

National Speleological Society Logo

National Speleological Society Logo

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has teamed up with the Mississippi Valley Ozark Region as well as the NSS to work to bring this convention to central Missouri. Missouri previously hosted this conference in 1997.

This is a week-long event, featuring daily symposia, guided cave trips, and major events each evening. Conventions are a great way to learn about caves in other regions, share new techniques, meet old friends, and make new ones. On Thursday evenings, the auditorium is packed for the Photo and Video Salons and awards, and Friday’s Banquet features the annual NSS Award presentations. Convention activities will also include vertical contests, hydrology & geology field trips, and Salons encompassing- craft and design, cover art, fine arts, print, symbolic emblems, t-shirt, and cartographic. The Junior Speleological Society will have youth activities scheduled throughout the week.

2015 National Speleological Convention Logo revised

Joe Nicolussi, co-chair of the 2015 NSS Convention, announced in February that Carroll Cave is the “crown jewel” of this year’s conference. Jeff Page, Carroll Cave Conservancy (CCC) Membership & Access Chair, “couldn’t agree more and CCC is eager to share this jewel with as many convention attendees as possible.” Carroll Cave is the second longest cave in Missouri and is a National Natural Landmark.

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Caving opportunities will be plentiful during #NSS2015. A small sample of the caves that will be offered to attendees include: Skaggs, Perkins, Tunnel-Spring, Grempczynski, Pike’s Peak, and Railroad Cave. Cave/cavern diving opportunities are available to certified divers at Roubidoux Spring, Boiling Spring, and Bennett Spring. Several show caves across The Cave State will be offering discounted tours to Convention attendees. Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, Cave Chair, is particularly excited about the cave and float combo trips that are offered-“This is a quintessential Missouri caving experience- an experience that you do not want to miss while you are in the Ozarks for Convention 2015.” Alvey-Mudd also added that concierge decontamination service will be offered nightly at the campground.

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance www.ocda.org

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance http://www.ocda.org

Campground Chair Larry Abeln is ready to welcome cavers to their “home away from home” during Convention 2015. Pulaski County-Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club Campground is top notch- campers will find plenty of shaded, level spots, shower facilities, a large common area centered around one of Mid-Missouri’s largest outdoor stages, a clubhouse (with wi-fi) and other amenities. Abeln is also excited that campers will be able to have small campfires at the campground.

Waynesville High School will be the site for #NSS2015 Convention registration, sessions, salons, workshops, the international vertical contests and vendors.

Waynesville High School will be the site for #NSS2015 Convention registration, sessions, salons, workshops, the international vertical contests and vendors.

In addition to favorite, traditional Convention activities such as Howdy Party, Speleo-Auction, and Banquet, Activities Chair Alicia Wallace has coordinated with Pulaski County Tourism Bureau to offer attendees “local flavor”- including a tour of the Old Stagecoach Stop, a tour of the Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, a paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes, and a BYOL (Bring Your Own Light) head lamp tour of the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum. Self-guided driving tours of Route 66 and a walking tour of historic sites and points of interest in downtown Waynesville are available free of charge through the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Local Attractions During National Speleological Society Convention 2015

Kris Nicolussi, co-chair of the 2015 NSS Convention reminds cavers that registration for “Hitchhikers Guide To Missouri Caving” is now available online and that discounted registration is available before June 1st. She encourages everyone to visit the official website at http://nss2015.caves.org for updates and states that #NSS2015 can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. She and Mayor Luge Hardman are “thrilled to show off Waynesville to cavers from around the globe”, – and Kris reminds everyone to bring their towel.

National Speleological Society- http://www.facebook.com/NationalSpeleologicalSociety
NSS 2015 Convention- http://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
City of Waynesville, Missouri- http://www.facebook.com/cityofwaynesvillemo