Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA in south-central Missouri!

Christmas time in Pulaski County is stuffed with holiday cheer- parades, tree lighting events, live nativities, and festivals loaded with mid-western charm!  Top off your weekend with shopping at our antique stores and unique boutiques, delicious food with international flair, and a glass of Missouri wine with a view of our historic courthouse and quaint square!

Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

November 25-December 31- City of Lights in Downtown Richland

November 25-December 31 City of Lights

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17- Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 PFAA

December 2- Laquey Christmas Parade

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December 2- Ole’ Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park, Richland

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December 2- Lighted Christmas Parade at Dixon

December 2 Lighted Christmas Parade Dixon

December 3- Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County Annual Christmas Parade at Waynesville

December 3 Waynesville Parade

December 3- Holiday in the Park, Saint Robert

December 3 Holiday in the Park

December 3- Christmas on Main Street at Crocker

December 3 Christmas on Main Street

December 7- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville

December 7 Christmas on the Square 2017

December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem live nativity near Crocker

December 8 & 9 Journeys Flyer

December 9- “Window Wonderland” Christmas Parade at Richland

December 9 Richland Christmas Parade

While in the area don’t miss Waynesville’s nativity scene, the decorated Route 66 bridge at Devils Elbow, and Christmas on the Square in Waynesville December 7th.

Elbow Bridge Daytime

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, along with dining & lodging guides, visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of December 27, 2016-January 1, 2017

December 27 thru December 31- Richland City of Lights
What: Festive Christmas light show, with music, that will amaze your friends and impress your kids!
Where: Richland
When: Light show is switched on at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 417.693.5601

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December 31- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

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Looking Ahead:
January 7- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 14- Lonesome Road LIVE in Concert, Dixon
January 21- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert

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

Ten Perfect Christmas Gifts for Route 66 Fans

Elbow Bridge Daytime

Compiled by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Do you have a Route 66 fan on your Christmas list? No matter where they are across the globe you can give them the gift of the Mother Road this year! Stop by the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd., Saint Robert) between 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday or shop anytime at our online store!

Rigsby Station Ornament Rigsby’s Station was a beloved landmark on Route 66 in Waynesville for many years. Keep its memory alive each year by hanging this ornament on your tree! STOCKING STUFFER $6.50

A Tour on Route 66 in Pulaski County DVD– Travel the 33 miles of the Mother Road in Pulaski County, Missouri, for a detailed look at the construction of Hooker Cut and scenic Devils Elbow. More than 260 vintage images of roadside architecture and attractions. (Big Piney Productions 2007) $10

A Kid Growing Up On Route 66– Bill Wheeler had the distinct pleasure of growing up with Route 66 in his front yard. As a young person he got to experience the heyday and the final demise of Route 66. He witnessed the beginning of Interstate 44, an event that made a lasting memory for him. Growing up in Waynesville, Missouri and in the shadow of Fort Leonard Wood was an adventure to say the least. Bill left Waynesville after high school to attend college and serve in the military but the memories of Route 66 were fondly etched in his personal history. A Kid Growing Up On Route 66 is a firsthand account of Bill’s experiences. (Bill Wheeler 2015) $11.25

Route 66 Wooden Ornament– Decorating the Christmas tree is a beloved tradition around the world! Bring your love of the road to your evergreen with this laser cut Route 66 wooden ornament. MADE IN THE USA $5

Route 66 Thimble– Have a digitabulists in your life? This is the perfect gift! STOCKING STUFFER $3

Route 66 Coffee Mug– One does not start their day with a common coffee cup- only a Route 66 coffee mug will do for the roadie! $5

Route 66 Panhead T Shirt- Put your knees in the breeze on America’s Main Street while sporting this vintage styled shirt. M-XL (2X & 3X available) $14.50

Route 66 Cotton Hat– The legend lives on in this vintage styled ball cap. $12

Route 66 Est. 1926 T Shirt– Get your kicks on Route 66 in this vintage styled shirt. S-XL (2X & 3X available) $12.50

Route 66 License Plate Holder– Enjoy the ride and show off your Route 66 pride with this license plate holder. $10

Ten Must-Have Christmas Gifts for Pulaski Countians

Used with permission, William Warby

Used with permission, William Warby

Compiled by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Do you have a Pulaski Countian on your Christmas list? No matter where they are on the planet you can give them the gift of “home” this year! Stop by the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd., Saint Robert) between 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday or shop anytime at our online store!

*A Tour on Route 66 in Pulaski County DVD: Travel the 33 miles of the Mother Road in Pulaski County, Missouri, for a detailed look at the construction of Hooker Cut and scenic Devils Elbow. More than 260 vintage images of roadside architecture and attractions. (Big Piney Productions 2007) $10

The Tilley Treasure: Historian J.B. King weaves the tales of the Civil War that led to the fantastical discovery of hidden gold in a field near Waynesville, Missouri in 1962. The story begins with the ending, the discovery of the Tilley treasure, and leads the reader through true stories of Civil War action in Missouri. SOLD OUT (James B. King Jr. 1991) $15

The Tiley Treasure by James B. King, Jr.

SOLD OUT The Tiley Treasure by James B. King, Jr. SOLD OUT

The First Hundred Years of Crocker: Published for Crocker’s centennial anniversary, Nellie (Stites) Wills takes on the task of detailing 100 years of living in the hills in and around the railroad town. Almost 50 years later her remembrances and storytelling is still a page turner! LIMITED SUPPLY (Nellie Wills 1968) $16.67

The First Hundred Years of Crocker by Nellie (Stites) Wills, 1968

The First Hundred Years of Crocker by Nellie (Stites) Wills, 1968

*Old Pulaski in Pictures: Uses more than 250 images to present some of the rich history of Pulaski County, Missouri. Seminal events and life-ways of two centuries of development are covered in four topics: Rivers, Rails, Roads, and Recreation. The vintage photographs and postcards are accompanied by text passages and captions that expand the content and meaning. They range from Daniel Boone’s saltpeter mining and trapping activities, through the founding of the railroad towns, to Route 66 and the construction of Fort Leonard Wood. Vintage photographs visit many of the more than 30 resorts that once dotted the banks of Pulaski County’s clear Ozark streams. (John Bradbury & Terry Primas 2012) $24.99

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Old Pulaski in Pictures by Bradbury and Primas

*A Kid Growing Up On Route 66: Bill Wheeler had the distinct pleasure of growing up with Route 66 in his front yard. As a young person he got to experience the heyday and the final demise of Route 66. He witnessed the beginning of Interstate 44, an event that made a lasting memory for him. Growing up in Waynesville, Missouri and in the shadow of Fort Leonard Wood was an adventure to say the least. Bill left Waynesville after high school to attend college and serve in the military but the memories of Route 66 were fondly etched in his personal history. A Kid Growing Up On Route 66 is a firsthand account of Bill’s experiences. (Bill Wheeler 2015) $11.25

A Kid Growing Up on Route 66 by Bill Wheeler

A Kid Growing Up on Route 66 by Bill Wheeler

*The Roaring Roubidoux: Dan Slais is a retired middle school earth science teacher from the Waynesville R-VI school system. His somewhat organized thoughts on the Roubidoux Creek are a cross between textbook information and storytelling from his experiences on the creek. His wife Bobbie, son Tim, and daughter Leslie, are shown throughout the book in the pictures and tales. Currently, Dan is leading tours of Onondaga Cave and duck hunting. He is a founding member of Roubidoux Grotto. (Dan Slais) $15

The Roaring Roubidoux by Dan Slais

The Roaring Roubidoux by Dan Slais

*Records from Post Waynesville 1862-1865: A must have for Civil War historians! When occupied by Union troops in June of 1862, Waynesville was a small Ozark village of 94 citizens, residing in little more than a dozen residences. It was strategically located on the St Louis-Springfield Road, midway between the railhead at Rolla and the next post west at Lebanon. The 5th Missouri State Militia cavalry regiment spent much of its time escorting wagon trains from one side of the county to the other. The wagons carried supplies for camps and fortifications in southwest Missouri. The troops also made forays into the countryside to locate bushwhackers. The citizens of the town and county were divided in their loyalties and suffered depredations by both sides. STOCKING STUFFER!  (John Bradbury and Terry Primas 2016) $5

Records from Post Waynesville 1862-1865, Bradbury & Primas, 2016

Records from Post Waynesville 1862-1865, Bradbury & Primas, 2016

History Pulaski County Missouri Volume I: The first history book of Pulaski County! This volume includes historical news items, histories of selected Pulaski County organizations & churches, listings of office holders, and submitted family histories. A must have for anyone with family roots in Pulaski County, Missouri. (Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society 1982) $30

History Pulaski County Missouri Volume I, Pulaski County Museum and Historical Society

History Pulaski County Missouri Volume I, Pulaski County Museum and Historical Society

Tombstone Inscriptions of Pulaski County: In the early 1980’s Pulaski County Historical Society volunteers visited all known cemeteries in Pulaski County and painstakingly recorded the tombstone inscriptions. Their research was published in two volumes in 1984 and 1985. Ten years later, in 1995, editor Leonard Fetterhoff combined the editions, along with a surname index. This book is invaluable to researchers, genealogists, and historians. Many of the stones documented in the 1980’s are no longer legible today. (Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society 1995) $22.25

Tombstone Inscriptions of Pulaski County, Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, 1995

Tombstone Inscriptions of Pulaski County, Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, 1995

*Details and information courtesy of the authors.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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

December 12 thru December 18- Richland City of Lights
What: Festive Christmas light show, with music, that will amaze your friends and impress your kids! Guaranteed to get your family in the holiday spirit!
Where: Richland
When: Light show is switched on at 5:30 p.m. Nightly light show through December 31, 2016.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 417.693.5601

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December 16, 17, & 18 PFAA presents “A Seussified Christmas Carol”
What: A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in Seuss-spoken rhyming couplets.
Where: Theater on the Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sun 2:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.774.3050

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December 17- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

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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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of December 5-December 11, 2016

December 5 thru December 11- Richland City of Lights
What: Festive Christmas light show, with music, that will amaze your friends and impress your kids! Guaranteed to get your family in the holiday spirit!
Where: Richland
When: Light show is switched on at 5:30 p.m. Nightly light show through December 31, 2016.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 417.693.5601

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December 9 & 10- Journey to Bethlehem
What: Old Bethlehem comes to life with over 100 different characters and live animals.
Where: Crocker Christian Church, 16200 Highway 17, Crocker
When: 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Crocker Christian Church (Larry Richardson)- 573.736.5121

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December 9, 10, & 11 PFAA presents “A Seussified Christmas Carol”
What: A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in Seuss-spoken rhyming couplets.
Where: Theater on the Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sun. 2:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.774.3050

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December 10- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

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December 10- Richland Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade
Where: Richland, Missouri
When: 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 417.693.5601

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December 10- Lighted Christmas Parade
What: A parade of holiday lights winds through Dixon and ends with Christmas In The Park festivities.
Where: Dixon, Missouri
When: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Chamber of Commerce (Laura Jacobs)- 573.308.5259

Looking Ahead:
December 12 through 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 16, 17, & 18- “A Seuessified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville

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 In December!

1. City of Lights- A new tradition in downtown Richland, this festive (and impressive) light show, with music, expands on the display of Christmas Past at Dr. Hilton’s House. Dr. Hilton himself, along with family members, and other volunteers have designed a light display that will amaze your kids and impress your friends. Guaranteed to get your family in the holiday spirit! Nightly, December 1st-31st.

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2. Nativity Scene- A beloved Christmas tradition since the 1950’s, Waynesville’s Nativity Scene sits high upon Bell’s Bluff. While the nativity itself is on private property, it can be seen from many vantage points in downtown Waynesville- even as far away as Interstate 44. The tradition was started by the Lion’s Club and the nativity’s maintenance has been adopted by the Pulaski County-Ft. Leonard Wood Shrine Club. The nativity is now lit each year during the Christmas On The Square celebration. Nightly, December 1st-31st.

3. Lighted Vintage Bridge- At the beginning of 2013 the future of the 1923 Devils Elbow Bridge was in jeopardy. Luckily, the bridge was refurbished and after a brief closure during repairs, is again carrying Route 66 traffic across the Big Piney River. Two years ago residents of the historic village of Devils Elbow, and some “regulars” at the Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ decided to spruce up this engineering beauty with Christmas lights. Word spread, and travelers from across the United States, and around the globe, came to drive across the illuminated bridge. It was a hit and the bridge’s neighbors decided to do it again this year! Now in its third year, the bridge decorations include well over 11,000 lights.

Elbow Bridge Daytime

Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

4. Festivals & Parades- The holiday season is upon us and tidings of joy can be found all across Pulaski County, MO! Put these happenings on your calendar!

December 1- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville
December 2 & 3Ole Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park, Richland
December 2 & 3“A Seussified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville
December 3Christmas Parade, Laquey
December 4Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade, Waynesville
December 4Holiday in the Park, Saint Robert
December 4Christmas on Main Street, Crocker
December 9 & 10Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker
December 9, 10, & 11“A Seussified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville
December 10Christmas Parade, Richland
December 10Lighted Christmas Parade, Dixon
December 16, 17, & 18“A Seussified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville

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