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 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
*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
*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
*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
*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
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
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
*Details and information courtesy of the authors.