Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders-Living History

In Pulaski County, Missouri the pioneer spirit is tangible when you are in the company of the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders. First formed in 1972 by Jim Livingston and Bill Miller, among others, the club encourages organized black powder rifle and pistol shooting. They teach and practice safe handling and proper care of the firearms that shaped the westward expansion of the United States and strive to improve marksmanship. Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders is also a character building club- honesty, fellowship, self discipline, teamwork, and self reliance are all essential to sportsmanship. KTM holds these characteristics in even higher esteem- they value them as the foundation of true patriotism.

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Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders circa 2009. Image courtesy of KTM.

When the club acquired their first property in the Gospel Ridge area they built a cabin. The members built it themselves- they even stripped the bark off the logs they harvested for the build. Later, when the club moved to their current location they couldn’t leave their handiwork behind. They disassembled the cabin and moved it piece by piece to be reassembled on the new property. True to their pioneer spirit they continued to improve upon the cabin, and their new land. They reinforced the doors of the old cabin. Blacksmith Lee Marek made hinges and hasps. Then in true pioneer tradition they fashioned another 25×25 cabin and connected the two with an 1800’s style dogtrot. Club member Harold F. Rakop, Jr. is quick to let one know that the best breeze is the one that blows through KTM’s cabin. Of course, the club continues to make improvements to their land. They have cleared some 40 acres of a hillside. Boy Scouts have camped at the site for several years and the club hopes to accommodate Girl Scouts in the future. They are in the process of adding a shower house and Eagle Scouts have installed bat houses, worked on the trail, created a meditation and remembrance area, and reworked the bridge that crosses the scenic creek that runs on the property.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are known for their skilled black powder shooting but members also excel in other skills that were instrumental to surviving the harsh Ozark Mountains in the 1820’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Members can blacksmith, trap, build a cabin, start a fire, cook using a dutch oven, purify drinking water, and countless other tasks that were instrumental to survival during the earliest pioneer days.

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Blacksmithing was an important skill for the mountain men as they blazed their way west. Image via http://www.azblacksmith.org.

They can also spin a pretty good yarn around the campfire. Kathi Crawford likes to tell a story about her father- Don Cook, Bud Abbott, and Uncle Gene Baldwin. These three were “true mountain men” who would often spend the weekend at Abbott’s hunting cabin. Often, the same two neighbors would show up just as dinner was ready. These two didn’t even bring “moochin'” plates with them- they would just show up, borrow a plate, eat and leave. The mountain men were certainly neighborly, but after a time, it begin to set them wrong that the two men did not even offer a helping hand as a thank you. A few weeks later, the men returned to camp just as the mountain men were finishing their meal. Abbott took the last bites of his meal and set the empty plate on the ground in front of his dog Heidi. Heidi licked that plate clean with gusto. Eventually Abbott picked that plate up and ambled over to the cabinet and stored it away. Just as he closed the door to the cabinet he looked back and asked the two men if they wanted a plate to eat. They stammered excuses as they made their way to the door and that was the last the mountain men saw of the “moochin men”.

The members have formed a strong bond and became more than “just a club”. When informally polled every member listed the fellowship and camaraderie as one of their favorite things about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders. Membership isn’t a given, however, the club is quick to extend an invitation to those interested in joining to attend an event and get to know the club.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will be encamped for their annual rendezvous on the banks of the Roubidoux during Old Settlers Day July 30 & 31st, 2016 in Waynesville, Missouri. Their camp will be open to the public both Saturday & Sunday beginning at 8:00 a.m.. The club will also conduct primitive skills demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders during a fire starting demonstration. Image via http://www.pulaskimomastergardeners.org

To learn more about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders contact Earl Ellegood, President, at kickapootracemuzzleloaders@gmail.com.

To learn more about Old Settlers Day please visit www.route66courthouse.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 25-July 31, 2016

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments
What: A weekend jam packed with living history!
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Saturday- Camps open at 8 a.m., opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Reenactment begins at 2:00 p.m. Period dance and music begins at 7 p.m. Sunday- Camps open at 8 a.m., period church service begins at 10 a.m. Reenactment begins at Noon.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
Schedule: http://wp.me/p2Gvbm-15X

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July 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 1 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Visit the Old Stagecoach Stop during Old Settlers Day! Ladies encampment, storytelling, & living history!
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Looking Ahead:

August 5– I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 279th Annual Shrine Club BBQ Cookoff, Buckhorn
August 27 & 287th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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

Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe- Heritage & Dance

Occasionally, in the Ozarks, on a cool and still night, with a good imagination, you can hear the faint sounds of “mountain music” drifting from the rugged hilltops to the valleys below. That music and accompanying dances brought the men and women who settled Pulaski County together in a social setting and offered a brief respite from the continual backbreaking work. The music and dances were also a tool that helped pass down stories, legends, and wisdom from one generation to another through song.

“Mountain music” will make a triumphant return to Pulaski County during this year’s Old Settlers Day. The two day event will feature The Back Porch Players and Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe– both groups strong believers in the power of music to pass down history and heritage.

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Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe can trace their beginning back to Springfield, Missouri near the turn of the 21st century. Comprised of folks from all walks of life, and of all ages, their goal is to preserve and raise the awareness of Scottish country dancing. Scottish heritage is shared by many Missouri families, dating back to Show Me State’s early days of settlement.

Scottish country dancing itself dates back to the early 16th century. Its popularity waned on occasion, but during the 18th century, to regain their Scottish heritage, it made its way back to Scottish castles, courts, and village gatherings. The dances themselves are social in nature and would sometimes vary from region to region. According to Raymond Purdom, FO’SDT coordinator, the first efforts to standardize the dances was made by Dr Jean Milligan and Mrs Ysobel Stewart in 1923. Their early efforts resulted in the Scottish Country Dance Society which is now the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Purdom also tells listeners that Scottish country dance could be the Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather of American square dancing. He does note significant differences though- Scottish country dancing is on the balls of the feet, while square dancing is stepping and sliding. Gentlemen are generally in a kilt, wearing the tartan of their clan ancestry and the ladies are in period dresses which makes for a colorful and entertaining presentation. Dances can commemorate battles, weddings, romances. Sometimes even death. Purdome relays that “Reel of the 51st” was written by a British Lieutenant who was captured in the early days of World War II. The dance was a morale booster for the POW’s- and helped to keep their German captors puzzled and confused.

During their 12th consecutive appearance at Old Settlers Day the troupe will perform jigs, strathspeys (similar to, but slower than the reel), reels, and waltzes.

Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe will be performing at Pavilion 2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

To learn more about Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe and Scottish country dancing please visit http://floweroscotlanddancetroupe.yolasite.com

To learn more about Old Settlers Day please visit www.route66courthouse.com.

To learn about more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 18-July 24, 2016

July 23- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on 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

July 23- 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 on 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 (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 287th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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

4 Things You Will Love About Old Settlers Day!

Old Settlers Day has been a beloved festival in Waynesville, Missouri since 1980. This year’s event is shaping up to be incredibly exciting! The entire weekend is jam packed with living history activities and things to see and do! Following are four things that you should not miss during the festivities:

1. The Camps– Be sure to visit the Union and Confederate camps. These camps are the living quarters for the re-enactors for the weekend. As living historians, the re-enactors are very detail orientated, and their camps present an authentic look at living conditions that soldiers experienced during the Civil War. General Grant’s Field Headquarters features a period telegraph office complete with an operator for demonstrations. Don’t miss the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Camp which highlights the mountain men who explored and settled our country before 1840. Their camp will include fire starting, trapping, dutch oven cooking, and blacksmithing demonstrations. The camps will be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday.

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Courtesy of Civil War Courier

2. Drills & Inspections– Saturday will include horsemanship drills, infantry drills, cavalry drills, and artillery drills, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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3. Reenactments– Reenactments will take place Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. Saturday’s Civil War March reenactment will begin at the site of Fort Waynesville on Fort Street, proceed on Lynn Street to the site of the Old Stagecoach Stop and continue to Waynesville City Park. This march will reenact a notable event in Pulaski County’s Civil War history and will feature a skirmish that turns into a battle. Sunday’s battle reenactment begins at Noon at Waynesville City Park. History will come for alive for those in attendance.

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4. President Abraham Lincoln and General U.S. Grant– Living historians will portray President Lincoln and General Grant during Old Settlers Day. President Lincoln (Lance Mack) will be a part of the opening ceremonies on stage at 10:00 a.m. and will also be speaking on stage, later that day, at 12:30 p.m. General Grant (Wayne Issleb) can be found at his Field Headquarters and will address the crowd Saturday, from the stage at 10:30 a.m.

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In addition to these four things there is much more to see and do at Old Settlers Day! Make sure to:

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To learn more about Old Settlers Day visit www.Route66Courthouse.com and www.facebook.com/events/1668769670079314

To learn about more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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Pokémon GO Unleashed in Pulaski County

Pokémon GO is all the rage in Pulaski County, Missouri and across the United States. It is fantastic way to get you, and your family, outside to explore the world around you. This isn’t a new concept to many people across the country who have been exploring the cityscapes and countrysides as Ingress agents. Ingress, released in December 2014, is the first augmented reality game by Niantic Labs.

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Pokémon Go is making a splash across Pulaski County, Missouri!

Niantic Labs was founded in 2010 by John Hanke, as an internal startup of Google, and became its own entity in 2015. Ingress agents around the world submitted locations to become in-game portals. These Ingress game portals are now also being used as Pokéstops and Gymnasiums by Pokémon trainers. Many of these locations are historically significant or feature public works of art. Some examples in Pulaski County include several locations on the Square in Waynesville and veterans memorials in Saint Robert. Public green spaces can also be Ingress portals/Pokéstops. These include locations in parks in Crocker, Dixon, & Richland.

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Ingress- It’s happening all around you. They aren’t coming. They’re already here.

Game play is markedly different between the two platforms. If Pokémon isn’t your style, but a battle for world domination appeals to you check out the Ingress app on your smart phone. If you are on a mission to “catch them all” and are looking for Pokémon in Pulaski County, check out our past Ingress articles. Many of them give Ingress Portal locations- which will make Pokémon trainers happy campers!

Enjoy the world around you, as an Ingress agent or as a Pokémon trainer, but always be aware of your surroundings. Pokémon can trespass and break traffic rules, but human Pokémon trainers and Ingress agents can not.

*TIP- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center, located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert, Missouri is a Pokémon gymnasium. Be sure to stop in for free area travel information and maps.

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center is a Pokémon Gymnasium and an Ingress Portal

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 11-July 17, 2016

July 16- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on 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

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July 16- 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 on 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 (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 28- 7th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3- Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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