History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Cyrus Colley

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Cyrus Colley is the namesake of Colley Hollow, west of Waynesville in Pulaski County, Missouri. Colley settled on 300 acres of land there in 1832.

1. “Cyrus Colley found on his farm an artistically made rock pipe-bowl, so well preserved that one of his ‘hired men’ fixed a stem to it and enjoyed a modern weed, smoking in its bowl, as no doubt some ancient weed comforted its ancient owner- Mound Builder or Indian, as he may have been.”

2. Colley was appointed by the Pulaski County court to sell the lots of Waynesville. He had assisted in “laying out” the town.

3. “When the Texas agitation began to spread over the country, Pulaski County took up the cause as vigorously as any part of the Union. Mass-meetings were held in two different places; one at Bates’ (now Bartlett’s) Mill, and another at Waynesville. At the latter place a company was made up and organized by Cyrus Colley. They kept regular muster days for a time, but as no call was received from the authorities, they were disbanded.”

4. On January 30, 1857 Missouri Governor Trusten Polk signed “An Act to Incorporate the Waynesville Academy. The legislation named Colley and other prominent Pulaski County pioneers as “trustees of the Waynesville Academy.” A lot for the Academy was secured on the hill south of the courthouse and the lumber was on the ground at the site. However, the Academy was not constructed, and the materials were later sold at auction.

5. Colley, along with George M. Jamison (Crawford County) and Gideon R. West (Osage County) was appointed to locate the seat of Phelps County in November 1857.

Sources:
History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1889, Reprinted 1974. Available online at: http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/mocohist/id/71191
Rolla Herald (Rolla, Missouri) 28 August 1941

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

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2018 River Bassin’ Tournament Trail National Championship Schedule

2018 River Bassin’ Tournament Trail National Championship Schedule

Over $75,000 in cash & prizes!

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Ruby’s Landing at Pulaski County, Missouri set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

Friday September 21st

3:00-6:00 p.m. -Kayak demos by Ozark Mountain Trading Company
5:00-6:00 p.m. -Angler Q&A with Drew Gregory
5:00 p.m. -River Bassin’ store opens
5:00 p.m. -Kayak raffle ticket sales begin
6:00-7:00 p.m.- Pre-tournament rules meeting
7:00 p.m. -Dinner (location TBD)

Saturday September 22nd

6:00 a.m. -Lines in
2:00-4:00 p.m. -Kayak raffle ticket sales begin
2:00-4:00 p.m. -food served for registered anglers
3:30 p.m. -Anglers’ fish photos must be submitted
4:30-5:00 p.m.- River Bassin’ results show & awards begin
6:00 p.m. -Special River Bassin’ announcement

2018 River Bassin' Tournament Trail National Championship Schedule

2018 River Bassin’ Tournament Trail National Championship Schedule

For more information and to register for 2018 River Bassin’ Tournament Trail National Championship Schedule visit www.riverbassintrail.com 

For more information on Ruby’s Landing on the Gasconade River between Crocker & Waynesville in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.rubyslanding.com 

For area lodging information visit http://visitpulaskicounty.org/hotel_options_idss.asp

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For additional things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (August 27-September 3, 2018)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (August 27-September 3, 2018)

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August 31 & September 1- Haunted River Float
What: Missouri’s ORIGINAL Haunted River Float attraction!
Where: Ruby’s Landing, 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: First raft goes out at dark.
Cost: $30
Contact: The Haunted River Float- 573-337-4305
https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntedRiverFloat

Haunted River Floats

August 31 & September 1- PFAA Presents “The Fall of the House of Usher”
What: Live theater production
Where: Theater on the Square, 312 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville
When: Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573-842-7278
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiFineArts

The Fall of the House of Usher Final

September 1- 46th Annual Railroad Days
What: Heritage festival celebrating Crocker’s railroad roots.
Where: Crocker Community Park, Crocker
When: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker Community Park Board (Sarah Ransome)- 573-855-1506
Schedule of Events: https://wp.me/p2Gvbm-2fN
https://www.facebook.com/CrockerCP

46th Annual Railroad Days September 1

September 1- 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: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
http://www.route66courthouse.com

NSE 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

September 1- 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: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561
http://oldstagecoachstop.org

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September 1- 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: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149
https://www.facebook.com/ParanormalTalbotHouse

Paranormal Investigations Sep. & Oct.

Looking Ahead:

September 7, 14, 21, & 28- Haunted River Float, Waynesville

Haunted River Floats
September 7, 8, 14, 15, & 16- PFAA presents “Fall of the House of Usher,” Waynesville

The Fall of the House of Usher Final
September 8, 15, 22, & 29- Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville

1903 Courthouse Museum Tagged
September 8, 15, 22, & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

Old Stagecoach Stop Tagged
September 8, 15, 22, & 29- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Paranormal Investigations Sep. & Oct.
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 28- Zombie Paintball, Saint Robert

Zombie Paintball 2018 (1)
September 6- Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, Crocker

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus 2018 (3) (1)
September 8 & 9- Outdoor Show, Saint Robert

Kiwanis 9th Annual Outdoor Show (1)
September 8- Shrimpfestival, Dixon

Shrimpfestival 2018
September 14 & 15- Cow Days Festival, Dixon

Cow Days September 14_15
September 15- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker

Frisco Depot Museum (1)
September 21 through 23- River Bassin’ Open Championship, Waynesville

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Pulaski County, MO set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

September 22 & 23- Stories Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 28 & 29- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

Rising Haunted Attraction
September 29 & 30- Stories Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 29 & 30- Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch, Crocker
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Zombie Paintball, Saint Robert
October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28- Stories Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28- Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch, Crocker
October 6, 13, 20, 27, & 31- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
October 6- ClawCon 2018, Saint Robert

October 6_7 ClawCon PREMIERE WARGAMING EVENT
October 6- Frogtober Fest, Waynesville
October 6- Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race, Waynesville

Nasty Pulaski Tagged
October 6- Frog Hill Half Marathon, Waynesville

Frog Hill Half Tagged
October 13- Gearhead Bash, Richland

Gearhead Bash 2018 (1)
October 13- Route 66 Challenge, Saint Robert

Route 66 Challenge
October 20- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
October 21- Zombie 5K Run, Waynesville

Zombie Run 5k 2018 (1)
October 26- Halloween in the Park, Saint Robert

Halloween In The Park 2018 (2) (1)
October 27- Trail of Treats Spooktacular, Richland
October 27- Trunk or Treat, Crocker

Crocker Trunk or Treat 2018 (1)
November 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
November 11- Veterans’ Day Parade, Waynesville

Veterans Day Ceremony_Parade 2018
November 30- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1, 7,8, 9, 14, & 15- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
December 2- Christmas On Main Street, Crocker

Christmas on Main Street 2018
December 6- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville

Christmas on the Square
December 8- Christmas Parade, Richland
March 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23- PFAA presents “12 Angry Men,” Waynesville
June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, & 22- PFAA presents “Pinocchio,” Waynesville

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

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

Pulaski-County-Tourism_color“This Week Around Pulaski County USA!” is powered by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel transient guest tax, promotes tourism throughout the county and markets their destination to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. The Bureau actively promotes events that will draw in visitors, tourists, and travelers from fifty plus miles away to experience Pulaski County. Courtesy listings for community events are provided on their online calendar at http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Joseph W. McClurg

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Joseph W. McClurg, 19th Governor of Missouri, was the namesake of McClurg Street at Richland, Missouri in Pulaski County.

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Joseph Washington McClurg. Image by Mathew Brady, retrieved via Wikipedia.com.

1. McClurg once served as deputy Sheriff in Saint Louis County.

2. An 1893 Shelbina Democrat news article describes McClurg as “an Ozark pioneer” and “The Prince of Merchants.”

3. To curb the rising costs of salt to his customers, McClurg, then a merchant at Hazelwood, Missouri, rode on horseback to Jacksonport, Arkansas where he boarded a steamer to New Orleans. At the Crescent City he purchased 1,000 sacks of salt. He loaded the commodity on a northbound steamship returning to Jacksonport. The country between Jacksonport and Hazelwood was “wild and traversed only by tortuous trails, which could hardly be called roads.” Undaunted, McClurg cut and partly graded a hundreds mile long wagon road through the rugged region. In 1893 this road, known as McClurg’s Old Salt Road, was “one of the most noted highways of the Ozarks.”

4. In 1871, Joseph Washington McClurg returned to Linn Creek to resume his business enterprises. Along with his sons-in-law Charles Draper and Marshall Johnson, McClurg founded Draper, McClurg and Company. Merchandising profits funded surface mining on lead and iron in the Central Lead District near the Osage River. The firm operated steamboats on the Missouri and Osage Rivers and their landings became trade centers for the shipment of railroad ties. The company gained government contracts for the removal of sandbars on the Osage River. By 1885, falling profits lead to the seizure of one of the steamboats by creditors and within a year, McClurg sold his Camden County properties.

5. McClurg resided in Lebanon, Missouri at the time of his death December 2, 1900. He was laid to rest at Lebanon City Cemetery. On December 7th, 1904 Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) members alongside their Confederate counterparts paid tribute to the former Governor at the unveiling of a monument erected by the State of Missouri at McClurg’s gravesite. The monument stands 22 feet high and is made of granite from Barre, Vermont. It rests on a bottom base 6 feet square, surmounted by a second base 4 feet, 5 inches square, which is surrounded by a die 3 feet 4 inches square upon which rests the shaft 16 feet long. The monument was featured on tourist maps produced during the WPA era.

Sources:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120411091708/http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/findingaids/rg003-19.pdf
Shelbina Democrat (Shelbina, Missouri)25 October 1893
Gasconade County Republican (Owensville, Missouri) 9 December 1904

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (August 20-August 26, 2018)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (August 20-August 26, 2018)

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August 25- 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: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
http://www.route66courthouse.com

NSE 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

August 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 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561
http://oldstagecoachstop.org

Never Stop Exploring_Old Stagecoach Stop_Route 66_Waynesville Missouri_Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Looking Ahead:

August 31- Haunted River Float, Waynesville

Haunted River Floats
August 31- PFAA presents “Fall of the House of Usher,” Waynesville

The Fall of the House of Usher Final
September 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, & 16- PFAA presents “Fall of the House of Usher,” Waynesville
September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville

1903 Courthouse Museum Tagged
September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

Old Stagecoach Stop Tagged
September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Paranormal Investigations Sep. & Oct.
September 7, 14, 21, & 28- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 28- Zombie Paintball, Saint Robert

Zombie Paintball 2018 (1)
September 1- Railroad Days, Crocker

46th Annual Railroad Days September 1
September 6- Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, Crocker

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus 2018 (3) (1)
September 8 & 9- Outdoor Show, Saint Robert

Kiwanis 9th Annual Outdoor Show (1)
September 8- Shrimpfestival, Dixon

Shrimpfestival 2018
September 14 & 15- Cow Days Festival, Dixon

Cow Days September 14_15
September 21 through 23- River Bassin’ Open Championship, Waynesville

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Pulaski County, MO set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

September 28 & 29- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

Rising Haunted Attraction
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Zombie Paintball, Saint Robert
October 6, 13, 20, 27, & 31- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
October 6- ClawCon 2018, Saint Robert

October 6_7 ClawCon PREMIERE WARGAMING EVENT
October 6- Frogtober Fest, Waynesville
October 6- Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race, Waynesville

Nasty Pulaski Tagged
October 6- Frog Hill Half Marathon, Waynesville

Frog Hill Half Tagged
October 13- Gearhead Bash, Richland

Gearhead Bash 2018 (1)
October 13- Route 66 Challenge, Saint Robert

Route 66 Challenge
October 21- Zombie 5K Run, Waynesville

Zombie Run 5k 2018 (1)
October 27- Trail of Treats Spooktacular, Richland
November 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
November 11- Veterans’ Day Parade, Waynesville

Veterans Day Ceremony_Parade 2018
November 30- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1, 7,8, 9, 14, & 15- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
December 6- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville

Christmas on the Square
December 8- Christmas Parade, Richland
March 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23- PFAA presents “12 Angry Men,” Waynesville
June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, & 22- PFAA presents “Pinocchio,” Waynesville

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

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

Pulaski-County-Tourism_color“This Week Around Pulaski County USA!” is powered by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel transient guest tax, promotes tourism throughout the county and markets their destination to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. The Bureau actively promotes events that will draw in visitors, tourists, and travelers from fifty plus miles away to experience Pulaski County. Courtesy listings for community events are provided on their online calendar at http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Uriel Crocker

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Uriel Crocker, publisher and member of the board of directors of South Pacific Railroad, was the namesake of Crocker, Missouri in Pulaski County. Beginning as early as the 1920’s Mr. Crocker has often accidentally been misidentified as Eurilis J. Crocker.*

Uriel Crocker via Wiki Commons.

Uriel Crocker via Wiki Commons.

1. Crocker’s grandfather, Josiah Crocker, was a great admirer of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Crocker is named after a character in the poem.

2. In the early 1820’s Crocker convinced his publishing partner, Samuel T. Armstrong, to stereotype the six volumes of “Scott’s Family Bible.” It was the first time that such a large work was stereotyped in the United States of America. Crocker & Brewster also introduced into Boston the first iron-lever printing press. They also printed from the first power press.

3. As a boy Crocker witnessed Floyd Ireson being dragged along the street in a dory by a mob of men and boys who later tarred and feathered Ireson. The episode was later memorialized in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Skipper Ireson’s Ride.”

4. Crocker was one of the original Corporators of the Franklin Savings Bank of the City of Boston.

5. Crocker served as Director of Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company from 1868 until 1874. He served as Director of South Pacific Railroad in 1870 and as director of St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Company in 1877.

* ”History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent counties, Missouri” published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889, states, in reference to Crocker, “The growth has been slow but continuous since the town was laid out in 1869 by the railway company, who gave it the name it bears in honor of one of its prominent men.” No records could be found for Eurilis J. Crocker. However, Uriel Crocker was a prominent South Pacific Railroad shareholder before being elected to the board of directors in 1870. (Researched by Laura Huffman 2009-2018)

Sources:
https://archive.org/stream/memorialofurielc00crocrich/memorialofurielc00crocrich_djvu.txt

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

34th Annual Cow Days Festival Schedule of Events

34th Annual Cow Days Festival Schedule of Events

Cow Days September 14_15

Friday, September 14, 2018

MAIN STAGE
12:30-2:30: Whatever 2nd Street Band (Variety)
3:00-5:00: Together Again Band
5:30: Opening Ceremonies
5:30: Youth Fall Festival Pageant- Dixon Middle School & Dixon High School Royalty announced
6:30-8:30: Sax on the Beach
9:00-11:00: Flashback

UDDER STAGE
8:00: Karaoke Preliminaries (sponsored by Maries County Bank)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

MAIN STAGE
10:00: Cow Days Fall Festival Pageant (infant to 5th grade)
12:00-1:30: Helen Russell & Company (Classic Country & Rock, Bluegrass, Comedy, & Gospel)
2:00-3:00: Dixon Cow Days Fall Festival Parade (Grand Marshals Tommy & Luann Nichols)
*All entries meet at Dixon High School for registration at 12:00 p.m., judging at 1:00 p.m.
3:00: Car Show (after parade West 2nd Street near South Pine and United Methodist Church)
3:00-4:30: Sax on the Beach
4:30: Little Dazzlers
5:00: Ashley Minzes Destination Dance Studio
6:00: Close of Silent Auction
6:30-8:30: Alderwood Band
9:00: Karaoke Finals (sponsored by Maries County Bank)
9:30: FREE MERCHANT COW GIVEAWAY (see area businesses for your free tickets)
10:00: PURCHASED TICKET COW GIVEAWAY (tickets available at Chamber Booth)

UDDER STAGE
MORE ENTERTAINMENT TO BE ANNOUNCED

Food booths, crafts, music, vendors, games, auction, car show, karaoke, cornhole tournament, kids’ zone (bounce houses, human hamster ball, joust, wipe out, obstacle course, hoops, trackless train) & more!

Elderly or Handicapped Golf Cart Shuttles provided by Oak Hills Country Club (drop off at Bank of Missouri)

Main Stage sponsored by Bank of Missouri, Maries County Bank, & Taylor Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Cow Days Fall Festival is brought to you by Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce & Area Businesses

Sponsored in part by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

NO PETS PLEASE!

*Schedule subject to change, more entertainment may be announced.

34th Cow Days FEstival 2018