Ten Must-Have Christmas Gifts for Pulaski Countians

10 Must-Have Christmas Gifts For Pulaski CountiansCompiled by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
Updated 12/10/2018

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 portion of the proceeds from selected items will go towards funding Saint Robert’s Route 66 Neon Park!

*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

Tales From The Blue Adventures In Law Enforcement: Written by JB King, 157 page paperback book about his adventures in law enforcement wile working in Pulaski County, Missouri. A collection of true short stories of his adventures while on the beat during the 70’s and 80’s (James B. King Jr. 2018) $10

Tales From The Blue

TIP—Mr. King’s other books are also available! 

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) LIMITED SUPPLY $24.99

TIP—Also available is Mr. Primas’ newest release Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri a local history (Terry Primas 2017). $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

*Pulaski County, Missouri Inspirations: Pulaski County, Missouri is a special place. Treasured by residents, cave divers, soldiers, historians, and writers, the area is a crossroads where people meet to share stories of good times and bad.

In the fall of 2016, the Military Writers Society of America gathered in St. Robert for a “History Crawl,” a tour of Pulaski County with speakers who shared their special insights of the area. The attendees ranged from novices to experienced novelists, from historians to true crime researchers, from veterans who tell their tales with equal parts of affection and sorrow to quilters who interpret events with graphic narratives in cloth and thread.

This anthology represents the collective literary efforts of the writers who shared a long weekend exploring the extraordinary communities that make up Pulaski County. Their work includes short fiction, true crime tales, ghostly narratives, historical pieces, and a travelogue or two. All reflect the hospitality of the citizens and comradery of the visitors.

Authors include: Micki Voelkel, JB King, Gary Best, Bob Hathaway, Laura (Abernathy) Huffman, Denise Seevers, Luke, Pat McGrath Avery, Dawnmarie and Raymond Cecora, Beth Wiles, Christopher Avery, Joe Campolo Jr, Sherry Hathaway, and Joyce Faulkner.   (2017) $16.95

Inspirations

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) $22.00

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.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of August 8-August 14, 2016

August 13- 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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August 13- 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:

August 26 & 27- ORA Richland Rodeo, Richland
August 27 & 287th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
August 279th Annual Shrine Club BBQ Cook Off, Buckhorn
September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3, 10, 17, & 24Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 16 & 17– 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion, Waynesville
September 16 & 17Cow Days, Dixon
September 16 & 17Gun Show Swap Meet, Dixon
September 17, 18, 24, 25Storie’s Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 24 & 25Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon

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 August 1-August 7, 2016

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23rd Engineer Battalion Reunion

August 5 & 6- Ozark Rodeo Association Dixon Rodeo
What: A weekend of rodeo!
Where: Dixon Saddle Club, Dixon
When: Begins at 7:00 p.m. nightly.
Cost: Adults $8, Children 6-10 $4, 5 and under free
Contact: Ozark Rodeo Association (Sherrie Norris) – 573.855.4444

Aug 5 & 6- Dixon ORA Rodeo

Rodeo in Dixon, MO. this weekend!

August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull
What: Thunder in the dirt!
Where: Jeremiah Brackett Pulling Track, Richland
When: Call for event time
Cost: Call for event pricing
Contact: Karen Pemberton- 417.594.1968

August 6- 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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1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum- One of only two remaining period courthouses on Route 66 in Missouri. Free admission!

August 6- 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.
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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The Old Stagecoach Stop served as a Union hospital during the Civil War. Free admission!

August 6- 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: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

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Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House- an evening you won’t soon forget!

Looking Ahead:

August 26 & 27Ozark Rodeo Association Richland Rodeo
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

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

Pumpkin Patch Season is just around the corner!

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.

Blacksmith Courtesy of Civil War Courier

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.

Action Shot Courtesy of Civil War Courier

Courtesy of Civil War Courier

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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Photo courtesy of Civil War Courier

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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Courtesy of Civil War Courier

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

Period Costume Civil War Courier

Courtesy of Civil War Courier

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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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

General U.S. Grant to Occupy Waynesville

FAKE Civil War telegraph

General Grant is preparing Union forces and telegraph signal corps to make way into Waynesville, MO., late July. Please advise citizens of their occupation of this area.

On June 30, 2016 a telegraph was released by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, advising area Waynesville residents that General Ulysses S. Grant and his telegraph signal corps are making their way to the Pulaski County, Missouri seat. Unlike Colonel Albert Sigel’s Union forces permanent occupation of Waynesville during the Civil War, the 2016 occupation of Waynesville will only last two days and is part of Old Settlers Day, a living history event, that will feature horesemanship and infantry drill demonstrations, artillery inspections, cavalry drills, and a Civil War battle reenactment. In attendance will be United States President Abraham Lincoln (Lance Mack) and General U.S. Grant, portrayed by Wayne Issleb.

Wayne Issleb as General Grant

Wayne Issleb as General U.S. Grant

Issleb has been portraying Ulysses S. Grant since 2008. While serving as a reenactor in the 36th Wisconsin Civil War Infantry squad he had let his beard grow out and decided to don a bow tie and officer’s slouch hat. His fellow living historians noticed a strong resemblance between Issleb and Grant. In 2010 in a small town in Wisconsin Issleb fully embraced the role of the Union General. Soon after, other living historians joined up with Issleb and “U.S. Grant Field HQ” was born.

Issleb’s extensive knowledge of General Grant brings a unique level of authenticity to his portrayals. Issleb has studied Grant extensively, including 15 years of research and artifact collecting. Issleb owns several items that were once owned by Grant himself- including original writings and a cigar standing ashtray that Grant possessed during his presidency. Not one to rest on his laurels, Issleb is still learning about U.S. Grant. Having walked in Grant’s footsteps in places like Vicksburg, MS. and Galena, IL. brings even more insight of the man himself into Issleb’s portrayals. Issleb has portrayed General Grant for the Sons of Union Veterans and in an upcoming cable network documentary.

During Old Settlers Day attendees will be able to visit troop camps. Issleb describes a typical Union camp as busy place and would have included Cavalry, Infantry, Officer’s Quarters, Artillery, Medical, and sometimes signal corps members.  “U.S. Grant Field HQ” features a period telegraph office, with an operator, for demonstrations. Issleb tells us that although the telegraph was around for 20 years before the Civil War, it was merely considered a novelty. During the war, communication, and the telegraph was key. President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ran the war from Washington. The telegraph connected all the armies and allowed coordination. Waynesville’ location on the Wire Road was strategically important, which led to Colonel Albert Sigel being ordered to “Occupy Waynesville” beginning June, 1862. Col. Sigel’s brother, General Franz Sigel, was stationed at nearby Rolla, MO., during the war. Franz Sigel and U.S. Grant became friends during the war, sitting beside each other during the “Grand Review Parade” in Washington shortly after the war. Franz attended Grant’s funeral in 1885.

Wayne Issleb at HQ

Wayne Issleb as General Grant at Field Headquarters

Issleb, always the Grant scholar, also tells us that General Grant’s grandfather, Captain Noah Grant served in the Revolutionary War and fought alongside Waynesville’s namesake, General Anthony Wayne.

Issleb, who is from Kenosha, WI., is looking forward to meeting people at Old Settlers Day in Waynesville. He will be speaking from the bandstand Saturday at 10:30 and will also be found at his Field Headquarters.