The Normandy: Historic Route 66

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The Normandy: Historic Route 66

The Normandy, near Buckhorn, was a favorite eating place for locals, as well as Route 66 travelers. The restaurant, hotel, and gas station complex was razed circa 1978. A quarry is on the site now. The pillars that marked the entrance to The Normandy are still visible on the south side of the road close to the turnoff for the Pulaski County – Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club.

Photo and background information courtesy of Terry & Jan Primas of Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation.

To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/pdf/pulaskidrivingtours.pdf

 

St. Robert: Pulaski County USA’s Business Hub

St. Robert rises to life on Interstate 44 as a welcome destination for weary travelers. Boasting over 1,700 hotel rooms and a wide variety of American and International cuisine restaurants, St. Robert is the perfect stop as the sun fades on a long day- but it also provides a destination in itself.

Saint Robert Municipal Center

Saint Robert Municipal Center

The youngest city in Pulaski County, Missouri, St. Robert is the business hub for surrounding communities. National franchises and local merchants give way to the main entrance of Fort Leonard Wood, home of the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Center and training post for the Engineer, Chemical, and Military Police Corps.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks. The town is proud of its dedication to community and family; picnic areas, playground areas, skate park, and Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families. The St. Robert Community Center is home to car shows, the Pulaski County Fair, Black Powder trade show and many more events throughout the year. Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum, play a round of golf at Municipal Golf Course, a par 3, 9 hole, pitch & putt course.  Be one of the first to play the only course in the Midwest with synthetic greens! The paved walking trails that line the city complete the local landscape and provide an outdoor diversion for travelers. There are even park areas that pay proud tribute to the Armed Forces and neighboring Fort Leonard Wood with the presence of decommissioned Army and Marine vehicles. The authentic pieces make great photo opportunities.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks.

Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families.

Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families.

Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum.

Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum.

play a round of golf at Municipal Center Golf Course.

Municipal Golf Course in St. Robert is the only course in the Midwest with synthetic greens.

Reed Park, on historic Route 66 in St. Robert is a great photo opportunity!

Reed Park, on historic Route 66 in St. Robert is a great photo opportunity!

On January 7th, 2013 St. Robert became a Purple Heart City on the Interstate 44 Purple Heart Trail. Pulaski County became a Purple Heart County on the I-44 Purple Heart Trail February 14th of the same year, and St. Robert’s sister city, Waynesville, became a Purple Heart City on March 21, 2013. Receiving the Purple Heart designation expresses the desire of the cities and the county to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal and is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert's patriotic themed water tower was a finalist in Tnemec's 2012 Tank of the Year competition.The three legs of this water tower point to the three rivers (Big Piney, Gasconade, & Roubidoux)  in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert’s patriotic themed water tower was a finalist in Tnemec’s 2012 Tank of the Year competition.The three legs of this water tower point to the three rivers (Big Piney, Gasconade, & Roubidoux) in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert was the second city in Missouri, and the first on Interstate 44, to be recognized as a Purple Heart City.

Saint Robert was the second city in Missouri, and the first on Interstate 44, to be recognized as a Purple Heart City.

For more information on the City of Saint Robert, Missouri in Pulaski County USA visit www.saintrobert.com

To learn more about lodging, dining and recreation in St. Robert and surrounding areas visit www.pulaskicountyusa.com

For events, activities, and things to do in Saint Robert, Missouri visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Waynesville’s Roubidoux Bridge: Historic Route 66

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Waynesville's Roubidoux Bridge: Historic Route 66

The Roubidoux Bridge, a five span concrete arch bridge, in Waynesville on historic Route 66 spans Roubidoux River and was constructed in 1923 to coincide with the, at the time, new Highway 66 that connected Chicago to Los Angeles. It was widened in 1939, before Fort Leonard Wood was conceptualized. Today’s visitors to Pulaski County USA can still travel across this original Route 66 bridge.

To learn more about bridges in Pulaski County, Missouri visit: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/pulaski/

To learn more about the history of Pulaski County, Missouri’s bridges visit: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/BridgesofPulaski.pdf

To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.pulaskicountyusa.com

Pulaski County USA Activities & Things To Do Radio Spot 1304

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Head over to Pulaski County USA this week for poker runs, 5K runs, museums, driving tours, and other family friendly fun.

For details on these activities and a calendar of other upcoming events log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

Also, follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyTourismBureauVisitorCenter

Rallies, Runs, & Rides Radio Spot 1304

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Pulaski County USA’s central location, winding country roads, storied Route 66 pavement, and community support for those who ride make us a welcoming destination for our two wheeled and three wheeled friends.
For a calendar of rallies, runs, and rides log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
Also, like us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyTourismBureauVisitorCenter

Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!

Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!

Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66

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Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts Bell Hotel, on the banks of the Roubidoux River, in Waynesville. The hotel was constructed around a one room cabin and parts of that structure are still visible inside the building today. The hotel began meeting the needs of auto tourists from the very beginning of Route 66. presently, the building is operated as Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Miller’s Market: Historic Route 66

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Miller's Market: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts Miller’s Market, popular with Route 66 travelers in Devils Elbow, Missouri. Miller’s Market, now Shelden’s Market, is still in operation, continues to house the Post Office for Devils Elbow.

To get your turn by turn directions of Route 66 call 877-858-8687 or visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

Get Your Kicks Along Historic Route 66

No other Highway in the history of the United States is as celebrated as Route 66. It is a throwback to a simpler time, when the idea of extended traveling was still a novelty. If you’re traveling the 300 miles of highway that spans 10 counties in Missouri, it means tearing a page out of history as you travel through quaint towns that provide glimpses to, and even memories of, a younger America.

The stretch of Route 66 that winds through Pulaski County is lush with brilliant scenery and breathtaking landscapes. Valleys cut through limestone and dolomite rock, and you’ll visit cities whose heyday was years ago, as well as cities just finding their roots. The tour will captivate travelers as they wind along the historic road in Pulaski County.

The route through Pulaski County holds particular appeal for modern-day travelers, with its blend of historic landmarks and natural preservation. Scenic overlooks and rivers are interspersed with historic buildings. Still visible is the historic Hooker Church and Graveyard, which dates back to the early 1900s. As you travel through Hooker Cut, take in the popular postcard landscape that was once rumored to be the deepest road cut in America and that shows the layers of limestone that had to be overcome to build the road.

The Open Road Along Historic Route 66

The Open Road Along Historic Route 66

Travel through the beautiful hamlet of Devils Elbow, which was bypassed in the 1940’s when Route 66 was realigned, and find out why lumberjacks cried in frustration at a large boulder lodged in the sharpest bend in the Big Piney River. They reasoned the boulder could only have been put there by the devil –the boulder and sharp corner caught the logs they tried to float downriver and created work-stopping log jams. Many landmarks of the community still stand and today’s visitors can still cross the Big Piney River on the original 1923 through truss bridge. In neighboring Saint Robert, travelers can rest at the George Reed Roadside Park and visit motor courts of yesteryear. As you make the descent into the county seat of Waynesville, watch for Frog Rock overlooking Route 66. Stop by the Old Pulaski County Courthouse Museum, one of two courthouses located along Route 66 in Missouri and while in the neighborhood visit the historic Old Stagecoach Stop that has stood since the 1850s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building has served as a stagecoach stop, private residence, post office and Civil War hospital. Antique stops and gift stores and unique eateries line Route 66 throughout Pulaski County. Stop and stay awhile!

1923 Steel Trestle Bridge, Route 66 in Devils Elbow

1923 Steel Trestle Bridge, Route 66 in Devils Elbow

Come re-live 87 years and 33 miles of Historic Route 66 in Pulaski County by requesting our turn by turn driving tour (877-858-8687) or by downloading our audio tour at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

Group tour operators – Also offered in Pulaski County is a professionally guided tour of Historic Route 66. A step-on guide, a local historian, is available for a one of a kind tour of Historic Route 66. The tour guide will meet your motor coach at a predetermined area whether you are coming from the east or from the west. The nominal fee includes a lively 2.5 hour narrative journey along the Mother Road. Some sections of the infamous road are from the 1920′s, 30′s, and 40′s and is easily driven.

Guided tours of Route 66 and Fort Leonard Wood are available for your motor coach group.

Guided tours of Route 66 and Fort Leonard Wood are available for your motor coach group.