This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 6-June 12, 2016

Welcome Pulaski County USA!
June 9- Czech Route 66 Association (Česká asociace Route 66)

June 10 & 11- PFAA Presents “Gifted”
What: Pulaski Fine Arts Association theater production
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: 7:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (April York)- 573.337.1184

June 11- 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

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!

June 11- 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:

June 17, 18, 19, 24, & 25- PFAA Presents “Gifted”, Waynesville
June 15-18 Pulaski County Regional Fair, Saint Robert
June 18- Route 66 Freedom Fest, Waynesville
June 21-25 Tri County Fair, Richland
June 24-26- 3rd Annual Pulaski County Pride, St. Robert & Waynesville
June 25 & 26- Cave State Cruisers 29th Annual Car Show, Waynesville
July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, 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!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of November 9, 2015-November 15, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
Tom’s Christian Tours
Car Crazy Cruzers

November 11- Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade
What: Honoring those who have defended our country
Where: Parade routes starts at St. Robert Municipal Center and ends at St. Robert Community Center
When: Ceremony begins at 11 a.m., parade following
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce– 573.336.5121

November 14- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmer’s Market (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!

Looking Ahead:

November 21- Turkey Trot 5K/10K
November 21- Leona Williams & Ron Williams LIVE In Concert
December 3- Christmas On The Square
December 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
December 6- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
December 6- Holiday In The Park
December 6- Christmas on Main Street
December 11- “Holidays from the Heartland”- 399th Army Band
December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem
December 12- Richland Christmas Parade
December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of November 2, 2015-November 8, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
Hawthorne Bank

November 7- 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!

November 7- 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 the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House are offered year round. Reservations fill up quickly!

Looking Ahead:

November 11- Veteran’s Day Ceremony & Parade
November 21- Leona Williams & Ron Williams LIVE In Concert
December 3- Christmas On The Square
December 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
December 6- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
December 6- Holiday In The Park
December 6- Christmas on Main Street
December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem
December 12- Richland Christmas Parade
December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout

Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club Tours Pulaski County USA

Last week, 36 members of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club from Bixby, Oklahoma traveled to Pulaski County, Missouri for a “Fun, Fort, & Fall Foliage” tour. The group enjoyed two jam packed days of Ozark adventure.

After officially being welcomed to Pulaski County by the Tourism Bureau staff, with a reception complete with cookies, coffee, and juice at the Visitors Center in Saint Robert, the tour headed to Fort Leonard Wood for a lunch at one of the dining facilities and a guided windshield tour of the installation. Some of the highlights of the windshield tour included the Reception Battalion, the Main Exchange, Brigade Row on Iowa Avenue, Nutter Field House (built in 1942), Sapper Leader Course, and Training Area 244- also known as the “Million Dollar Hole” because of the value of the equipment kept on site that is used for training purposes.

Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club first stop in Pulaski County, Missouri was the Visitors Center in Saint Robert.

Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club first stop in Pulaski County, Missouri was the Visitors Center in Saint Robert.

While on Fort Leonard Wood the participants visited Mahaffey Museum Complex. The museum is unique in that it is the only place in the country where you can visit three U.S. Army Branch museums in a single location. The complex houses the Military Police Museum, The Chemical Corps Museum, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum. There is also a WWII Company area and a Historic Vehicle Park.

The evening meal was another unique destination and experience- The Cave Restaurant & Resort is the nation’s only restaurant inside a cave! Group members remarked that the view overlooking the Gasconade River was stunning and that dinner was “two thumbs up”.

Host hotel, Baymont Inn & Suites in Saint Robert, exceeded expectations. The complimentary hot breakfast was especially well received. The waffles and biscuits ‘n gravy were just what these adventurers needed to prepare for a busy day!

Baymont Inn & Suites  in Saint Robert, exceeded the expectations of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club.

Baymont Inn & Suites in Saint Robert, exceeded the expectations of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club.

The Bank Club’s second day in “Pulaski County USA” kicked off with a guided tour of Route 66 with local historian Terry Primas. Primas described points of interests and told stories of the section of the old Mother Road that runs between Devils Elbow and Waynesville. They were able to see alignments of the road that dated to the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. The tour traveled through an area that has been described as the most scenic section of Missouri’s Route 66. The bluffs above the old steel bridge in Devils Elbow looked like a postcard- and sure enough, they had indeed been the backdrop for many postcards of the area!

A vintage postcard depicts the scene that can be found at Devils Elbow on Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri.

A vintage postcard depicts the scene that can be found at Devils Elbow on Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Ready to stretch their legs, the tour group headed to a fabulous lunch at Hoppers Pub on the Square in Waynesville. Recharged and refreshed, they were ready to explore the 1903 Courthouse Museum, Old Stagecoach Stop, and downtown area. The Courthouse Museum is housed in what was Pulaski County’s Courthouse from 1903 until 1989. Designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild, the upstairs courtroom is in its original condition. The craftsmanship has withstood the test of time and some folks have commented that one can almost hear attorneys arguing cases from the past. Denise Seevers, Museum Curator, told the visitors of a murder that took place in the building in the 1930’s. She also told of bullet holes on the exterior of the building that are scars from a bank robbery that occurred in 1917. The citizens tried to fight the bandits off from the courthouse area and the bad guys shot back!

Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK.) members chat outside of Pulaski County Museum in downtown Waynesville, MO.

Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK.) members chat outside of Pulaski County Museum in downtown Waynesville, MO.

The Old Stagecoach Stop is a fascinating building. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the Stop has served as a tavern, Civil War hospital, and hotel. It is one of Pulaski County’s oldest buildings and its museum is arranged by time period- each room depicting an era of the buildings history. Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation President Jan Primas and Jeanie Porter guided the group through the building while explaining its past, significance & importance.

The Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO has a lot of stories to tell!

The Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO has a lot of stories to tell! Photo by Laura Huffman.

The club enjoyed free time in downtown Waynesville and members wandered to historic sites and shopping opportunities. Several souvenirs were purchased at Lost In The Woods Antiques & Collectibles, Seda’s Gift Shop, Talbot House, Just Because, Eircil’s Jewelry, and at the gift shop inside Paradise Deli– a German restaurant. Tour members also sampled local flavor at Purn’s Thai Kitchen, Sugar Shack, I Love Ice Cream, Route 66 Candy Shoppe, and Cellar 66. Cellar 66 hosted a wine tasting- and it was a hit! The group also discovered Waynesville Gun & Pawn and Odyssey Scuba. A dive shop in landlocked Pulaski County seemed odd to them until they found out that nearby Roubidoux Spring is home to a large underground cave system and that the area is known for its cave diving opportunities.

A member of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK.) browses at Seda's Gift Shoppe on the Square in downtown Waynesville, MO.

A member of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK.) browses at Seda’s Gift Shoppe on the Square in downtown Waynesville, MO.

Participants of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club

Participants of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club ” “Fun, Fort, & Fall Foliage” tour enjoy a sweet treat at I Love Ice Cream in downtown Waynesville.

Members of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK) pose at the corner of Historic Route 66 in downtown Waynesville during their

Members of Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club (Bixby, OK) pose at the corner of Historic Route 66 in downtown Waynesville during their “Fun, Fort, & Fall Foliage tour.

The day’s activities concluded with a sumptuous meal at destination restaurant Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro. The drive to the restaurant on Highway 28 treated passengers to a glorious splash of Ozark color, but that was nothing compared to the views from the dinner tables. The food, the view, and the delightful company of tour companions made this the perfect finale to the two days of “Fun, Fort, and Fall Foliage” tour to Pulaski County, Missouri.

Destination restaurant, Di Trapani's Italian Bistro overlooks Portuguese Point of the Gasconade River in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

Destination restaurant, Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro overlooks Portuguese Point of the Gasconade River in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

“Everything was perfect. My travel group cannot thank me enough! Thank you for that- I could not have done this tour without you! You help me succeed making my customers happy with our bank, while experiencing a “Class A” tour. My happy customers make me a happy customer!!” —Lisa Beach, Group Travel Planner- Citizens Security Bank Horizons Club

Are you organizing a group travel tour? Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is happy to provide these complimentary services for Receptives and Group Tour Operators:
• Customized Group Itineraries
• Step-on Guide Referrals/Coordination
• Lodging/Dining Bid Assistance
• Meeting Space Assistance
• Museum Tour Coordination
• FREE Welcome Reception/Comfort Stop
Our Certified Travel Industry Specialist will assist with many aspects of the planning process including customized itineraries. Contact Karen Hood today!

Call Karen Hood to arrange your group tour to Pulaski County USA!

Call Karen Hood to arrange your group tour to Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 22nd –July 28th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
July 23rd: McMillen Tours
July 24th: International Military Students

July 26th & July 27th – Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “Oliver Twist”
What: Community theater performance
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: House opens at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee: House opens at 2 pm, show starts at 2:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5
Contact: Tracy Moran-573.855.6625

July 27th – 5K Rhino Run
Where: Colyer Park, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 8 am
Cost: Adults $21, Kids $15
Contact: 573.596.0300

5K Rhino Run Flyer

5K Rhino Run Flyer

July 27th- Old Settlers Day & Duck Race
What: Festival in the park celebrating the Old Settlers of Pulaski County
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Jan Primas- 573.435.6766

July 27th- Glow In The Dark Night
What: Live band, hula hoopers, glow events
Where: Shundahai Campground, Saint Robert
When: 8 pm
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: Viki- 573.336.1226

July 27th- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

July 27th- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573.765.4033

July 27th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 27th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

August 2nd: I-44 Shoot Out Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull
August 3rd: Lights & Sirens 5K Kolor Run
August 3rd: Ride For Our Heroes
August 3rd: Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please 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

Dixon: A Panoramic View

Welcome To Dixon

It may be a small town, but Dixon knows how to attract attention. Looking for the perfect day trip to gain a little relaxation or perspective? Why not try a scenic overlook that attracts artists, photographers and nature lovers? Your refuge lies just north of Interstate 44, where Dixon blends nature’s beauty, outdoor recreation and a welcoming community. Dixon is home to some of Pulaski County USA’s best camping, whether you’re pitching a tent or own an RV. Soak up the sun on the Gasconade River as you paddle its waters in a canoe. Golfers can work on their handicap on the beautiful nine-hole golf course. An afternoon at Portuguese Point provides an extraordinary view of the Missouri landscape. Formed by two large rock formations 400 feet above the Gasconade River, the surrounding valley that once provided land for cattle and sheep farmers is now an inspiring perspective for artists and photographers.

Vintage postcard image of Portuguese Point. Portuguese Point has inspired artists, photographers, and nature lovers for generations.

Vintage postcard image of Portuguese Point. Portuguese Point has inspired artists, photographers, and nature lovers for generations.

Kayaking and Canoeing are popular activities on the Gasconade River. Photo courtesy of Boiling Spring Campground.

Kayaking and Canoeing are popular activities on the Gasconade River. Photo courtesy of Boiling Spring Campground.

Hit the links at Oak Hills Country Club's 9 hole golf course. Photo courtesy of Oak Hills Country Club.

Hit the links at Oak Hills Country Club’s 9 hole golf course. Photo courtesy of Oak Hills Country Club.

If you’re fortunate enough to be in town during one of our annual festivals, stop by and see why Dixon’s hospitality is unparalleled. Dixon’s annual Cow Days Festival is sure to please and you could walk away as the proud owner of a cow! This annual festival shows off all the things that make Dixon both timeless and progressive. Dixon is the “Branson” of Pulaski County. Nationally recognized, and local talent, are both showcased at Music In The Barn and Missouri Festival Park.

Dixon's Cow Days is a family friendly street festival; it's roots go back to the 1920's. Photo courtesy of Dustin Holmes.

Dixon’s Cow Days is a family friendly street festival; it’s roots go back to the 1920’s. Photo courtesy of Dustin Holmes.

To learn more about events, things to do, and for hotel, lodging, dining, and outfitter information visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

To learn more about floating, kayaking, & canoeing opportunities on the Gasconade River near Dixon, Missouri visit:
http://www.bscfloattrips.com

To learn more about Oak Hills Country Club in Dixon, Missouri visit:
http://www.facebook.com/dixongolfcourse

To see upcoming events, shows, and performances at The Barn near Dixon, Missouri visit: http://www.thebakerband.com

History Made As Pulaski County Designated First “Purple Heart County” in Missouri

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Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Missouri, Everett Kelly made his third trip to Pulaski County in as many months on March 25, 2013 to present Pulaski County Commissioners with a plaque and flag recognizing the county as a Purple Heart County. Pulaski County is the first county in Missouri to receive this designation, joining in the states effort to honor those veterans who have been wounded or killed while in military service to our country. The declaration follows legislative action which made Missouri’s entire sections of Interstate 44 and 70 a Purple Heart Trail.

A Purple Heart County is a community with “great admiration and gratitude for the men and women who have served this country.”

Commander Kelly, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, along with other Purple Heart recipients, a color guard, and Presiding Pulaski County Commissioner Gene Newkirk raised the County’s Purple Heart flag above the courthouse.

Commander Kelly had previously journeyed to Pulaski County to designate the City of St. Robert and the City of Waynesville as Purple Heart Cities. St. Robert received its designation January 7, 2013, and sister city Waynesville, received its designation March 21, 2013.

The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Va., and traverses the United States to California.

The designation of both St. Robert and Waynesville as Purple Heart Cities, in addition to Pulaski County being recognized as a Purple Heart County, is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.

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Pulaski County Outfitter Association River Heritage

The Pulaski County Outfitter Association welcomes you to the rivers and streams of Pulaski County. We are blessed here to have some of the best recreational outdoor opportunities found in the Missouri Ozarks. Pulaski County has a great river heritage where generations of families have enjoyed swimming, camping, floating and fishing along our many rivers and streams.

I know you will be excited to see our towering limestone bluffs and the pristine scenery found along the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers. Our floatable streams are spring-fed and offer year round opportunities for you and your family to see nature at its best.

Big Piney, Devils Elbow

Big Piney, Devils Elbow

Our rivers and streams are served by our association member outfitters who offer great camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, cabin and lodge rentals opportunities. A float trip on the Big Piney or Gasconade River is a great way to relax and to see the wonder of the Missouri Ozarks.

Our association members encourage you to let us help you plan your next outdoor adventure. We are here to serve you and look to earn your business while you are here in Pulaski County. As you discover the majesty of all there is to do here please take time to connect – or reconnect with the outdoors; our float streams have much to offer.

Fishing Along the Big Piney

Fishing Along the Big Piney

Welcome to Pulaski County. Please enjoy your vacation and all our wonderful county has to offer…

Larry Helms, President

Pulaski County Outfitter Association

Fort Leonard Wood: Historic Route 66

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Fort Leonard Wood: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts the turn off from Historic Route 66 to Fort Leonard Wood. Since its construction in late 1940, the post has become renowned for state-of-the-art training and support of national defense and has served as the launching point for millions of military careers.

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