This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Events for the week of August 31, 2015-September 6, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
Widow’s Sons National Gathering

September 4 & 5- Haunted River Float
What: Thrilling haunted river float on the Big Piney River
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00-10:00 pm
Cost: $25, Kids 5 and under FREE
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping- 573.336.8639

Haunted River Floats

September 5- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

September 5- Railroad Days
What: Family friendly street festival celebrating Crocker’s railroad roots
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: 9:30 am- 9:00 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall- 573.736.5327

September 5 Railroad Days Tagged

September 5- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in 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

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

September 5- 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 in 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 (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

September 5- 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

Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House

Looking Ahead:
September 12, 19, & 26- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26- Haunted River Float
September 12- Cannon Range Air Show
September 18- PCSW Farmer’s Market at Fort Leonard Wood
September 18 & 19- Dixon’s Cow Days
September 19, 20, 26 & 27- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch
September 19 & 26- Boiling Spring Campground Pumpkin Patch
September 25- Women’s Expo
September 25 & 26- Southern Gospel Reunion
September 25 & 26- The Haunted Hill

Create lifelong memories with your family in Pulaski County USA!

Create lifelong memories with your family in Pulaski County USA!

Harvest some memories this Autumn in Pulaski County USA!
Full event/attraction listing at: www.visitpulaskicounty.org/fall2015

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Frisco Depot Museum Open During NSS Convention

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, Missouri.

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, Missouri.

The Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker offers a unique look into the history and culture of the region. It served an important role of the railroad system, which was the very basis of American prosperity and expansion. The museum includes many artifacts and exhibits to illustrate life on the railroad, as well as the local frontier.

Normally open by appointment only, the Frisco Depot Museum throws open its doors to Welcome the National Speleological Society Convention in July. The Museum will be open Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 16th from 6-8 pm.

There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to tour the depot during this time.

Don’t miss the Frisco caboose in Norma Lea’s Frisco Park while you are in Crocker. This bright red beauty makes a wonderful photo op!

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Events for the week of August 25, 2014-September 2, 2014

August 30- Richland Farmers Market
What: Farmers Market
Where: Frisco Park, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett- 573.765.4033

Pulaski County USA loves Farmers Markets!

Pulaski County USA loves Farmers Markets!

August 30- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 8 am until 1 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

August 30- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
What: Historic courthouse on Route 66. Listed in 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

Both of Waynesville's Museums are FREE admission and located on the Square.

Both of Waynesville’s Museums are FREE admission and located on the Square.

August 30- 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 in 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 (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

August 30- 42nd Annual Railroad Days
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: Activities start at 9 am
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall- 573.736.5327

Railroad Days has been held in Crocker, Missouri since 1972.

Railroad Days has been held in Crocker, Missouri since 1972.

August 30 & 31- Kiwanis Fifth Annual Gun, Knife, & Archery Show
What: Buy, sell, and trade, over 100 vendors
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: August 30- 9 am until 5 pm
August 31- 9 am until 3 pm
Cost: $5 entry fee
Contact: Jerry- 573.433.6507

August 30 & 31- Kiwanis Fifth Annual Gun, Knife, & Archery Show

August 30 & 31- Kiwanis Fifth Annual Gun, Knife, & Archery Show

Looking Ahead:
September 6- Shrimp Festival
September 6- Hicks In The Sticks

FIREBALL RUN festivities take place in downtown Waynesville October 3rd.

FIREBALL RUN festivities take place in downtown Waynesville October 3rd.

FIREBALL RUN- Join the finish line festivities in downtown Waynesville October 2nd!

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#ThrowbackThursday- Pulaski County’s Railroad Roots

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post pays homage to #PulaskiCountyUSA’s railroad history. Before the Civil War the railroad through Pulaski County, Missouri was planned to be through the southern portion of the county, the “low road”, south of Colby and north of Iron Ore. Those settlements do not appear on modern maps of Pulaski County.

After the war, it was rerouted through the northern part because of terrain. It has been said that the northern route followed roads that were blazed by the Union & Confederate Armies. As the tracks made their way west new towns sprang up, “boom towns” that provided services to the railroad and became vital shipping points. In 1869 the railroad breathed life into Franks Switch, Dixon, Crocker, Hancock, Wood End (later Swedeborg), and Richland. The railroad changed the landscape of the area, as it brought towns to life, others fell out of favor, being just a little too far “off of the beaten track”. Such was the case with Humboldt. Humboldt was not directly on the new line and it gave way to the settlement of Crocker, which was named after Eurilis J. Crocker, a stockholder in the railroad.

This picture shows railroad workers on the tracks near Dixon, MO. Today’s visitor and tourists can follow the history of what later become known as the Frisco Railroad as it winds its way across the “high road” of Pulaski County. To receive your complimentary Historic Auto Tour of the Frisco Railroad call 573.336.6355 today. This brochure also includes auto tours of historic Route 66 and Fort Leonard Wood.

Railroad workers pose on the tracks near Dixon, Missouri in Pulaski County. Image kindly shared by Barb Warren.

Railroad workers pose on the tracks near Dixon, Missouri in Pulaski County. Image kindly shared by Barb Warren.

Crocker: Remembering The Railroads

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, MO

Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, MO

The days when railroads ruled America may have gone the way of the steam engine, but the town of Crocker preserves its railroad history with pride. From the railroad tracks that date back to the Frisco Railroad to the red caboose that resides in the heart of town, Crocker embraces its rail roots. What began as a small trading post in the 1800s, has grown to be a charming Midwestern town surrounded by the Ozark hills and meandering Gasconade River. Crocker’s history isn’t limited to the railroads, however; the James Gang, the notorious band of criminals who frequently robbed stagecoaches, trains, and banks, once traveled the area regularly. Rumor has it that Jesse James had a cousin who lived in town.

Frisco Caboose at Norma Lea's Frisco Park in Crocker, MO.

Frisco Caboose at Norma Lea’s Frisco Park in Crocker, MO.

Railroad enthusiasts, history buffs and those who are simply curious are drawn to Crocker’s Frisco Depot Museum and Norma Lea Frisco Park. The depot was the last in Pulaski County and served as the mail pick-up and drop-off point for the rest of the county. Now a museum, the original structure is home not only to county antiques, photographs and old train logs, but also to warm memories. The Crocker City Park holds several exciting events each year from horse rodeos, ATV rodeos, youth bull riding, to the annual Labor Day weekend Railroad Days Celebration. Fall activities include two farms offering hayrides, petting zoos, corn and hay stack mazes, antique tractor display and more. This is a great opportunity for families and youth groups to discover and appreciate life on the farm.

Norma Lea's Frisco Park in Crocker, Missouri

Norma Lea’s Frisco Park in Crocker, Missouri

Crocker displays its patriotism.

Crocker displays its patriotism.