Looking for Eclipse lodging? Discover Pulaski County USA!

Looking for lodging near the path of  totality of the Great American Eclipse? Check out Pulaski County USA!

By Laura Huffman

When I was youngster, 35 years or so ago, I read Illustrated Classics Editions’ version of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” All these years later, I can’t tell you much about the classic novel. But, I can vividly describe the scene that Twain painted of Hank Morgan, a time traveler, being tied to the stake to be burned alive as King Arthur commanded. Hank, having remembered the date of the solar eclipse from his history studies, and realizing that the knowledge can save his life, threatens to black out the sun if the flames creep closer. As the flames get closer to consuming the hapless hero the sky darkens and King Arthur relents. Hank is released from the stake and the sun is released from the inky blackness that had enveloped it. Hank goes on to enrich the Kingdom of Camelot and torment Merlin, the magician, for the remainder of the novel.

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In 2017 not many people on the planet would be fooled by Hank’s threat to black out the sun. Quite the opposite. People across the globe have been planning for August 21, the date of “The Great American Eclipse” for almost a year or more. Missouri, known as the “Show Me State” is expecting millions of travelers to descend on the cities, towns, and villages that are located in the path of the solar eclipse. The closer an area is to the center line- the longest duration of darkness (almost three minutes in some locations!) the more crowded you can expect it to be. Many Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus, and civic organizations are planning festivals, parades, and other events for the expected millions of visitors.

As the word continues to spread more and more hotels, motels, Airbnb’s, and campgrounds are filling up. Some locations have already announced that ALL of their rooms are booked and reserved. Don’t let this discourage you from making your eclipse plans. Pulaski County, home to Fort Leonard Wood, offers over 3,400 rooms and is less than 70 miles from the path of the eclipse! Cuba, nicknamed the “mural city”, will be dark for over a minute and a half, and is only 45 minutes west of Saint Robert on Interstate 44. Sullivan, which will have two and a half minutes of totality, is just an hour west on Interstate 44. Jefferson City, the capitol of Missouri, will experience 2 minutes and 29 seconds of totality and lies only 71 miles north of Saint Robert via Highway 17 and Highway 54.

Don’t miss the Great American Eclipse August 21st (it could save your life someday if you accidentally time travel like Hank!) and enjoy Pulaski County’s hospitality before heading to your astronomical adventure! Book your room today!

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Make a long weekend of it by exploring and floating Pulaski County USA! Home to heroes, history, and Route 66!

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*Drive times may vary on the day of the eclipse. Be prepared for congested roadways and increased travel times.

*Never look at the partial phases of the eclipse without proper eye protection.

Saint Robert, Missouri Taco Trail

Tacos aren’t relegated to only Tuesday’s or Cinco De Mayo in Pulaski County! Crunch your way through Saint Robert with our handy Taco Trail!

Our favorite tacos are crispy, delicious, and portable! Image by, and courtesy of, J.D. Hancock.

Our favorite tacos are crispy, delicious, and portable! Image by, and courtesy of, J.D. Hancock.

LA FAMILIA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1018 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-3339

La Familia has been the answer to taco cravings in the Fort Leonard Wood area since 1998. They serve a hunger satisfying taco platter that has your choice of three crispy corn or soft flour tortillas tacos. You decide if you would like those filled with seasoned ground beef, shredded chicken, or shredded beef. They are topped with lettuce, cheese, and diced tomatoes and served with refried beans and rice. The also have top notch tacos de carne asada.

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Image by, and courtesy of Pixabay user savortonight.

CANTINA BRAVO MEXICAN GRILL
151 St. Robert Bouleavrd, Suite 4
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-7776

Cantina Bravo Mexican Grill quickly became a favorite with locals and visitors in Saint Robert. Their menu covers the taco basics: taco salad, fajita taco salad, and shrimp tacos. They also serve tacos de carne asada on either corn or flour tortillas. The tortilla is then stuffed with chopped steak, onions, and cilantro and served with beans, pico de gallo, and tomatillo sauce. Seafood lovers should try tacos de pescado La Paz- hand battered fish filet strips are cooked “to crispy perfection” and topped with pico de gallo salsa. The dish is served with rice and a creamy chipotle sauce on the side.

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EL JIMADOR
220 Marshall Drive, Suite 6
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-7555

Jimmy’s” has been loved by locals for many years. The restaurant has traditional beef or chicken tacos a la carte. They also offer a fajita version of their taco salad- a crisp flour tortilla filled with fajita style steak or chicken sautéed with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and topped with cheese sauce, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo salsa and tomato. Steak lovers will savor an order of tacos de carne asada.

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Image by, and courtesy of, Pixabay user dolvita108.

EL CABRITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT
560 Old Route 66
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-4373

In addition to tasty tacos, El Cabrito is known for their table-side guacamole. The restaurant offers a taco salad, seafood tacos, tacos supremos, and other favorites. Tacos a la Plancha are steak or chicken that has been grilled on a round, flat metal plate. This cooking method originated in Spain and is a precursor to the flattop grill. El Cabrito serves their tacos a la Plancha in a soft shell topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese. One of their most requested dishes is Tacos Al Cabrito. Served in a flour shell these tacos are filled with steak that was grilled with onions and then covered with cheese sauce. They are served with rice, lettuce, sour cream, and tomato.

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Image by, and courtesy of, Pixabay user stina_magnus.

CANCUN MEXICAN GRILL
890 Missouri Avenue, Suite 6
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-8585

Cancun Mexican Grill‘s menu is inspired from the coast of Mexico. The restaurant serves half a dozen takes on the traditional taco:

Fajita Taco- Grilled seasoned steak or chicken, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and cheese.

Pollo Taco- Lime marinated grilled chicken breast, topped with cabbage and lime chipotle mayonnaise. Served with pico de gallo salsa, and sour cream on the side.

Carne Azada Taco– Grilled seasoned angus steak, onions, cilantro, and green tomatillo salsa.

Ocean Taco– Your choice of either fish or shrimp topped with cabbage, lime chipotle mayonnaise, and pico de gallo. Sour cream is served on the side.

Pastor Taco– Grilled marinated pork with onions, pineapple, and cilantro.

Carnitas Taco– Tender pork with onions and cilantro.

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Image by, and courtesy of, flckr user larl-martin skontorp.

For more dining options in Pulaski County USA please visit www.pulaskicountyusa.com

Four Free Homeschool Field Trip Ideas in Waynesville, MO

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Compiled by Laura Huffman

Learning is a lifelong process. I recently had a 93 year old woman happily tell me “I learn something new every day!” Learning is also fluid and is not only confined to a classroom. As a child’s teacher you can provide depth to your lesson plan with hands-on interactive field trips. Fortunately, for the sake of the homeschool families bank account, these trips do not have to be pricey or even within an urban setting. Waynesville, located in the Ozark Mountains of Mid-Missouri, is a prime example of a small town field trip friendly destination. A field trip to Waynesville can cover Native American history, pioneer history, Civil War history, World War I and II history, geology, hydrology, architecture, geography, engineering, transportation, nature, and art, among other subjects.

1. Route 66 has been described as America’s largest open air museum. Waynesville lines both sides of the legendary highway that runs through it. A highlight is the downtown bridge that spans the Roubidoux River. The bridge was constructed in 1923 and is eligible to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. A sidewalk allows foot traffic to safely cross- and gives a bird’s eye view of the river below. (Tip- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free turn-by-turn guide of Route 66 through the area, including Waynesville’s segment.)

Draw or paint a picture of Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Draw or paint a picture of Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

2. Trail of Tears Memorial is a thought provoking, poignant testimonial to an ugly, horrific event in American history. The memorial includes seven story boards, installed by the National Park Service, City of Waynesville, & the Missouri Trail of Tears Association, beginning at the natural spring, and ending just north of the downtown bridge at the old river crossing. The trail is hard surfaced and wheelchair accessible. (Tip- The trail continues to Waynesville Park. Bring a picnic basket and discuss what you saw and learned over lunch.)

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

3. Pulaski County Museum is located in the 1903 courthouse building overlooking Route 66. This building housed Pulaski County’s government for over 85 years and was designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild. The upstairs courtroom is almost original to the day that it was built. Exhibits showcase items from the everyday life of Pulaski Countians. (Tip- The museum is open each Saturday April through September from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free. Group tours by arrangement.)

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

4. Old Stagecoach Stop is located on the downtown square, just a short walk from the Pulaski County Museum. This building has been a Waynesville landmark since the 1850’s and was used by the Union Army as a hospital during the Civil War. Each room in the two story building represents a different use and era in the building’s history. (Tip- Admission is free and the museum keeps the same hours as Pulaski County Museum. Group tours can be arranged. A wealth of information is included on their website.)

Several eras of Waynesville's history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Several eras of Waynesville’s history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Bonus- We all know that play plays an important role in children’s development. Waynesville will be opening their Little Heroes Playground, an all-accessible play area Spring 2017.

To plan your homeschool field trip to Waynesville, request your free Visitors Guide and Historic Walking Tour brochure from Pulaski County Tourism Bureau by calling 573-336-6355. The Bureau also offers an area geocaching brochure.

All-American Ride in Pulaski County USA

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By Laura Huffman and Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

If your bike could talk it would ask, maybe even demand, to ride to Pulaski County. Home to legendary highways, scenic Ozark byways, timeless rivers, and iconic roadhouses, this day trip defines the classic American ride.

Starting in Saint Robert follow Route 66 east through Devils Elbow to J Highway and catch the north outer road east towards Jerome. D Highway winds through this town that was platted for General John C. Fremont at the close of the Civil War. The ninety-degree curve marks the beginning of your climb up Dixon Hill- terrain that has challenged railroad surveyors for over 150 years. At Dogpatch Corner turn right onto Highway 28 towards Dixon, or left to see what’s shaking at Wooden Nickel Saloon.

In Dixon, if you are hankering for home-style cooking pop into the Homeplate Bar and Grill on Elm Street. Returning to the road, turn west onto 4th Street/C Highway/Highway 133 towards Crocker. 133 meanders lazily along the Burlington Northern railroad tracks. You may recognize the rolling prairie landscape from indie movie favorite Dystopia: 2013.

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Image by Brandon Giesbrecht

Turn left onto Highway 17 and lean in as it snakes you through Crocker and into Waynesville, the home of Hoppers Pub and sixty-six different beers on tap.

Traveling west from Waynesville’s historic downtown square you will cross the “roaring” Roubidoux River atop the storied Route 66 arch bridge. T Highway careens through the Gasconade River valley before leveling off at the old Swedish settlement of Swedeborg. Turn left back onto Highway 133 and chase the train’s whistle into Richland- home of the Chopper Shop and local favorite, The Burger Stand.

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Leaving Richland, south on Highway 7, the road cuts a swath through a Gasconade river bend and plays hide and seek with itself in a section atop the rugged bluffs before diving into the river’s valley. Reward yourself with cold beverages at Roadhouse Bar & Grill– the “other” headquarters of Mid America Freedom Rally.

A short side trip off of Route 66 at Interstate 44 Exit 156 (Waynesville) onto H Highway will take you to pay your respects to our American veterans at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood.

Route 66 east returns you to Devils Elbow on the Big Piney River. Shake off the road dust and settle into the Elbow Inn’s mouthwatering BBQ. Cap off your tour with a trophy picture of your scoot on the all-American 1923 steel bridge with the stunning Sugar Bowl bluffs in the background.

All-American Ride in Pulaski County, Missouri

All-American Ride in Pulaski County, Missouri

For more ideas of things to see and do in Pulaski County stop by the Visitors Center in Saint Robert or online at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of September 12-September 18, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups-
1st Engineer Military Reunion (September 12-16)
547th ECB Military Reunion (September 15-19)
W.O.W. 3 Women’s Conference (September 16-18)

September 16 & 17- Gun Show Swap Meet
What: Buy, sell, & trade!
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: The Barn (Bill Johnson)- 573.433.9370

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Gun Show Swap Meet in Dixon this weekend!

September 16 & 17- Cow Days
What: Win a cow at this family-friendly street festival!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday- 5:30 p.m. until Midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. until Midnight
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Dixon Chamber of Commerce (Misty Russell)- 573.433.0678

September 16 & 17- 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
What: Inspirational Southern Gospel performances
Where: Parker Fine Arts Auditorium, 1001 Historic Route 66 West, Waynesville
When: Friday- 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

September 16 & 17- Haunted River Float
What: Nothing compares to the thrill of the Haunted River Float on the Big Piney River!
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 p.m until 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping– 573.336.8639

September 17- 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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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- 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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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- 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

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Paranormal Investigations every Saturday through October!

Pumpkin Patches:
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch

Looking Ahead:

September 23 & 24- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 24- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon

Planning for Fall? Check out our A to Z Guide and our Annual Autumn roundup!

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

Autumn Activities In Pulaski County USA

Autumn Activities

Autumn in Pulaski County USA is the perfect season to gather your family and friends together creating memories that will last a lifetime. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, punkin’ chunkin’, hay stack mazes, float trips (even a haunted one!), farmers markets, haunted houses (even outdoor haunted trails!), paranormal investigations and Oktoberfest celebrations —there truly is something for everyone. Harvest some memories in Pulaski County, Missouri!

Events

Events

Cow Days (September 16th & 17th)
What: 33rd anniversary of Dixon’s signature family friendly downtown street festival. Lucky winners will receive a cow!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday Noon until 11 pm, Saturday 11 am until 11 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce (Misty Russell)- 573.433.0678
Website: www.dixonchamberofcommerce.com

Gun Show Swap Meet (September 16th & 17th)
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370
Website: www.thebakerband.com

18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion (September 16th & 17th)
What: Two evenings of inspired Southern Gospel performances
Where: Parker Fine Arts Auditorium, Waynesville Middle School Campus, Waynesville
When: Friday- 7:00 pm start
Saturday- 6:00 pm start
Cost: FREE
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K (October 1st)
What: A unique and challenging half marathon that ends at Frogtoberfest
Where: Begins at East Elementary School, 1501 State Route F, Waynesville
When: Race starts at 8:30 am
Cost: Half Marathon- $50, 10K-$35
Contact: Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries (Melissa Martinez)- 573.433.6684
Website: www.facebook.com/froghillhalf

Frogtoberfest (October 1st)
What: Family friendly celebration of W.H. Croaker- Waynesville’s Frog Rock. A highlight is the frog race in Roubidoux Creek and “Kiddie Olympics”.
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rhea Anne Mathews- 573.774.3050
Website: www.facebook.com/frogtober.fest

Route 66 Oktoberfest (October 15th)
What: Family friendly Oktoberfest street festival on Route 66!
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 11 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Audra Berrier- 573.774.3001
Website: www.facebook.com/Route66FestOTS

Zombie Run 5K (October 8th)
What: Not your every day 5K! The Walking Dead morphs into The Running Dead as you flee for your life from the Zombie horde in this spirited 5K.
Where: Begins on the Square in Waynesville
When: 4 pm
Cost: $15 Pre-registration
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Cheryl Keeton)- 573.337.2494
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/WDBA-Zombie-Run/1441836812708942

Route 66 Challenge (October 29th)
What: Explore over 33 miles of Route 66 in this historical and spectacular competition of strategy. Take on adventures and unique detours.
Where: Start Line at Old Town Antiques, Doolittle. Finish Line at The Ark Community & Sports Center, Waynesville
When: October 29, 2016; check in at 7:30 a.m.; Event starts at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Pre-registration: $35 for a team of 2, $5 for each additional team member; Event day registration: $45 for a team of 2, $5 for each additional team member
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber (573) 336-5121
Website: www.route66challenge.com

Gene Watson In Concert (October 29th)
What: Country music star Gene Watson in an intimate, family friendly setting
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 Adults, Kids 12 & under FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370
Website: www.thebakerband.com

Veteran’s Day Parade (November 11th)
What: Mid Missouri’s most patriotic Veteran’s Day Parade!
Where: The parade steps off at Waynesville Middle School and ends in Waynesville City Park.
When: Ceremonies begin promptly at 11:00 am and parade steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121
Website: www.waynesville-strobertchamber.com/veteransparade.php

“Honor The Active” Quilt Show (November 19th)
What: Quilt Show that honors Fort Leonard Wood’s active duty personnel. Will feature a variety of quilts, including several Missouri State Fair award winning quilts. Demonstrations, fabric & quilting supply vendors.
Where: St. Robert Community Center, Saint Robert
When: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild (Bonnie Kinkel)- 573.774.9990
Website: www.GoneToPiecesQG.blogspot.com

Attractions

Attractions

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House (Every Saturday beginning September 3rd through October 29th)
What: Supervised paranormal investigations of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes. An evening you won’t soon forget!
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, exact start time will be confirmed during reservation.
Cost: $25 per person, paid in advance
Contact: Crocker Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149
Website: www.facebook.com/ParanormalTalbotHouse
Additional info- Reservations are required. Investigations are limited to groups of 8 so reserve your spot early! Participants must be 18+.

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday September-December)
What: Mid-Missouri’s year round Farmers Market!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Downtown Waynesville
When: Every Saturday, 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079
Website: www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Haunted River Float (September 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, & 30th and October 1st)
What: Haunted river float on the Big Piney River
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Cost: 6 and over $25
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping- 573.336.8639
Website: www.layzday.net

*UPDATE FOR 2017—Haunted River Float is now being held at Ruby’s Landing located at 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville, Missouri. For more information contact 573-337-4305.

1903 Route 66 Courthouse (Every Saturday in September)
What: One of only two period courthouses on Route 66 in Missouri, this museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. 10 rooms of displays and amazing architectural details will charm and engage everyone! Guided tours, or explore at your leisure.
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE, donations gladly accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
Website: www.route66courthouse.com
Additional info- Motorcoaches, groups and field trips welcome by appointment. Call for details and to schedule. Gift shop available.

Old Stagecoach Stop (Every Saturday in September)
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, donations gladly accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561
Website: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org
Additional info- Motorcoaches, groups and field trips welcome by appointment. Call for details and to schedule.

Storie’s Pumpkin Patch (September 17th, 18th, 24th, & 25th. October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th)
What: Pumpkin patch, family friendly activities
Where: 25530 Republic Road, Waynesville
When: Saturday & Sunday 10 am until dark
Cost: $6 per person, 2 years and under are FREE
Contact: 573.433.4375
Website: www.storiespumpkinpatch.com

Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch (September 24th & 25th. October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th)
What: Pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw maze
Where: 10800 Highway D, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $6 general admission for ages 2 and older.
Contact: 573.759.9045
Website: www.unclebuckspumpkinpatch.com

Happy Hollows Farm & Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin patch, petting zoo, animal observation area
Where: 10103 Beatty Road, Crocker
When: Call for hours
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: 573.433.6324
Website: www.happyhollowspumpkinpatch.com

For more Fall Family Fun ideas visit our A to Z Guide!

For lodging and dining information visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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Fall Activities: An A to Z Guide- Pulaski County, Missouri

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A-150Auto Tour- If you love Route 66 in the summer time you will be over the moon while exploring its historic pavement in the Fall! Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free brochure with turn by turn directions of PulCo’s 33 mile stretch. Bring your camera!

B-150Bellefonte Loop- While traveling Route 66 in western Pulaski County, take a short detour to explore the Bellefonte neighborhood. Bellefonte was home to the Barlow, Clark, Elam, King, and Wyrick families and included a one room schoolhouse and a post office. The post office began operating November 30, 1830 and was discontinued December 15, 1922. From Highway AB (Historic Route 66) turn south onto Smokey Road. On the east side of the road is Rollins Cemetery. Continue south on Smokey Road and turn west onto Southbend Road. Robert Lincoln Barlow (1861-1936) refers to this road as “the bluff road” in his diary. This portion of the road runs west along a ridge overlooking the Gasconade River and will show off beautiful splashes of color this time of year. As you continue on Southbend the road will turn north, away from the Gasconade River, and loop through one of Pulaski County’s most beautiful farming areas. Be on the lookout for historic barns, turkey houses, and the Elam Century Farm. Southbend Road climbs “Red Hill” before reconnecting with Highway AB.

C-150Campfire- Gather your friends and family around a campfire and share ghost stories and s’mores.

D-150Dine- Many of Pulaski County’s unique eateries include seasonal selections on their menu. Visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com for a complete restaurant listing.

E-150Eat- Eat like a local by shopping for the season’s bounty at the Pulaski County Farmer’s Market. The market is open between 8:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday and is located at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground in downtown Waynesville.

F-150Frogtoberfest- Plan to bring your family to Waynesville’s quirkiest festival! The festival will be held October 1st and celebrates W.H. Croaker, also known as Frog Rock.

G-150Gene Watson- Country music star Gene Watson takes the stage at The Barn, near Dixon, October 29th. The Barn is an alcohol/smoke free venue and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

H-150Haunted River Float- Love haunted houses? Take it to the next level with a haunted river float– climb into your raft and be scared out of your wits!

*UPDATE FOR 2017—Haunted River Float is now being held at Ruby’s Landing located at 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville, Missouri. For more information contact 573-337-4305.

I-150Investigate- Have you ever wanted to be a Ghost Hunter? Here is your chance! Team up with Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society as they lead a paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes- the historic Talbot House.

J-150Java- Warm up with a hot cup of espresso from a local coffeehouse.

K-150Kentucky Bass- Go fishing on the Big Piney or Gasconade River! Our rivers have several species of bass- Largemouth, Smallmouth, Northern Rock (Goggle-eye) and Kentucky (Spotted). You might reel in a Channel Catfish also!

L-150Lexington Road- Looking for Fall color? Take a drive on Lexington Road. From Highway 17 North, just before WWII Okinawa Veterans Memorial Bridge turn north onto Lexington Road. This country road winds through a river valley, Shockley Bottom, and follows a bend of the Gasconade River. Towards the beginning of your drive keep your eyes peeled for Blue Heron and Century Farms. You might also see deer and turkey in the fields that neighbor the river. Follow Lexington Road until you reach Sawmill Hollow and turn east onto Laramie Road. Laramie Road will lead you to Y Highway. Extend your drive by following Y Highway North to Riddle Bridge Public Fishing Access to view Yellow Bluff.

M-150Museums On The Square- Turn back the pages of time by visiting the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville. Both museums are open on Saturday’s in September and during Route 66 Oktoberfest.

N-150National Forest- Backpack or day hike in Mark Twain National Forest.

Numeral 0-150Oktoberfest- October 15th is Route 66 Oktoberfest in downtown Waynesville!

P-150Pumpkin Patches- Pick a patch! Spend a day with the kids at one of Pulaski County’s pumpkin patches.

Q-150Quilt Show- See award winning quilts and demonstrations at the “Honor The Active” quilt show in Saint Robert November 19th.

R-150Rivers- Grab a paddle and kayak down the Big Piney or Gasconade River. The autumn scenery is a feast for the eyes!

S-150Southern Gospel- Plan to attend the 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion in Waynesville September 16th & 17th.

T-150Trestle Bridge- Bring your camera to the Trestle Bridge on Temporal Road for a unique photo op.

U-150Udderly Fantastic Fun- Bring the family to Cow Days in Dixon September 16th & 17th!

V-150Veteran’s Day Parade- Mid-Missouri’s most patriotic Veteran’s Day Parade takes place in Waynesville November 11th.

W-150(Bird) Watching- Autumn is fantastic for bird watching! Many species are winging their way south- and as the leaves fall from the trees spotting our feathered friends becomes easier. Bring your binoculars to Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area or Schlicht Springs Conservation Area.

X-150(e)Xtend Your Stay- Make one of Pulaski County’s lodging properties your home base as you explore the Ozarks.

Y-150Yellow Bluff- The Ozark Mountains are known for their rugged, timeless beauty. Yellow Bluff is a prime example and a fantastic photo op. Bring your camera to Riddle Bridge Public Fishing Access on Y Highway to capture the scene.

Z-150Zombie Run- Not your every day 5K! The Walking Dead morphs into The Running Dead as you flee for your life from the Zombie horde in this spirited 5K. Downtown Waynesville, October 8th.

*Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints while exploring Pulaski County. Enjoy these tours from the public right of way and do not trespass. Be mindful of hunting seasons when exploring public lands.

For our annual round up of Fall Events & Attractions read “Autumn Activities In Pulaski County USA“.

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

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