Pulaski County’s Railroad Roots

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 Uriel Crocker. Crocker was the Director of Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company from 1868 until 1874.

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 self-guided driving 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.

UPDATED 18 September 2019

Autumn Activities In Pulaski County USA!

Create lifelong memories with your family in Pulaski County USA!

Create lifelong memories with your family in Pulaski County USA!

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 an outdoor haunted trail!), paranormal investigations and Oktoberfest celebrations —there truly is something for everyone. Harvest some memories in Pulaski County, Missouri!

Frogtober Fest
Waynesville City Park
October 5
FREE admission
Contact: Rhea Ann Mathews- 573.774.3050
*Frogtober Fest is an annual celebration of Waynesville’s “Frog Rock” also known as W.H. (Waynesville Hill) Croaker. This year’s family friendly festival marks Croakers’ Sweet 16 birthday.

October 5 Frogtober Fest

Route 66 OktoberFest On The Square
Downtown Waynesville
October 19, 11 am until 5 pm
FREE admission
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Tim Berrier)- 573.774.3001

October 19 Route 66 Oktoberfest

Storie’s Pumpkin Patch
25530 Republic Road
Waynesville, MO 65583
Last 2 weekends in Sept. & every weekend in Oct. 10 am – Dark
$5.00 per person Toddlers 2 & under free

Uncle Bucks Pumpkin Patch
10800 Highway D
Dixon, MO
573-759-9045 / 573-239-1757
Open Sept. 28 – Nov. 3 (Weekends)
Open all day Oct.14, 2013 (Columbus Day)
Hours: 9am – Dusk
Schools and Weekdays by Appointment
$5.00 ages 2 and up.

Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch
10103 Beatty Road
Crocker, MO 65452
Open Weekends Sept. 28 – Oct.
Open Weekends: Fri 3:30-6:30
Sat. and Sun. 9:30-6:30
18 and under $6.00 includes pumpkin
Adults $4.00 (no pumpkin)

BSC Outdoors
Corn maze and pumpkin patch
18700 Cliff Road
Dixon, MO 65459
Weekdays by appointment only
Sept. 27 – Nov. 2
Fri 4:00 – 8:30
Sat 10:00 – 8:30
Sun 2:00 – 6:00
Adults $5.00
Kids 5-12 $3.00
Kids 4 & under free

Deep Woods Farm
19050 North Hwy 133
Crocker, MO 65452 (Hancock, MO)
Open September 28 – October 31
Sat. 10 – 5 Sun. Noon – 5
Weekdays: By appointment or schedule
$5.00 per person & 2 and under free

Pulaski County Farmers Market
Downtown Waynesville
Every Saturday, 8 am until 12 pm
FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon- 573.586.8438

The Haunted Hill
22235 Red Wing Road
Waynesville, MO 65583
Opens Sept. 27, 2013 open every Fri & Sat
8pm – midnight Open till 10pm on Halloween
$12.00 or Speed pass for no wait $20.00

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
405 North Street
Waynesville, MO 65583
Every Saturday night through November 2nd
Investigations start at dusk and last three hours
$25 per person, reservations required

Haunted River Float @
Lay Z Day Canoes and Camping
23455 Teak Lane
St. Robert. MO 65584
573-336-8639 * Reservations preferred
Oct. 18, 19, 25, & 26 7pm – midnight
Oct. 31 7:00 – 9:00
Nov 1 & 2 7:00 – 10:00
Ages 13 and over $25.00 6 – 12 $10.00
Kids 5 & under free.

*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.

Oktoberfest at the Cave Restaurant & Resort
26880 Rochester Road
Richland, MO 65556
October 2 – October 30
German Beer, Music, Brats and Kraut

Paradise German Delicatessen
311 North Street
Waynesville, MO 65583

The Hub German Restaurant
777 VFW Memorial Drive
Saint Robert, MO 65584

October 2013 Rural Missouri