This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 24-April 30, 2017

Welcome to Pulaski County USA- Engineer Regimental Week!

April 29- Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day/Rendezvous & Trade Fair
What: Family-friendly living history event- experience life in pre 1840’s fur trade and mountain man encampment.
Where: Kickapoo Trace Club, 16490 Cracklin Drive, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders (Earl Ellegood)- 573.855.0984

April 29 KTM Fun Day

April 29- 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

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

April 29- 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

Old Stagecoach Stop

Looking Ahead:

May 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
May 6- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse, Waynesville
May 6- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
May 13- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse, Waynesville
May 13- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
May 20- You Lead From The Front 5K/10K, Fort Leonard Wood
May 20- Vintage Market Day & Classic Car Cruise-In, Dixon
May 20- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 20- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
May 26 thru May 29- Mid America Freedom Rally, Buckhorn
May 27- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 27- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day

By Laura Huffman

In 1822, while serving as Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry formed Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Ashley devised a plan to connect trappers and traders by meeting each year at a predetermined location to exchange furs, goods, and money. This system came to be known as the rendezvous system and the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held for fifteen years, beginning in 1825.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Bob Stormer describes the importance of the rendezvous to the trappers and traders:

“Since the mountain men primarily survived by trapping, they needed a way to sell their furs without having to travel back east. The rendezvous provided them with a fairly convenient way to sell them. It also provided a source for them to resupply their necessities such as powder and lead balls, and food staples.”

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous most likely would have been a much anticipated event for those attending- a chance to socialize and prove themselves in games of might, chance, and precision. Occasionally tourists from as far as Europe would make the trek to attend the rendezvous festivities. James Beckwourth, a fur trader and author, described a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous as “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic”.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous went the way of America’s fur trade and the beaver hat, but Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are committed to keeping the rendezvous traditions and memory alive. Each April, on the last Saturday, for the last several years the club has invited the public to celebrate the Rendezvous spirit during their Rendezvous/Trade Fair & Fun Day. This year’s event will be held April 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Trace Club near Dixon. Admittance is free.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day is held the last Saturday in April near Dixon, MO.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day is held the last Saturday in April near Dixon, MO.

The event will include shooting, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and blacksmithing. The grounds will be filled with the sounds of laughter, logs being hewn, and the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil. Members of the club will be dressed in fringed buckskin and other period clothing and furs will hang on lodge poles. The aroma of “vittles” being prepared in a traditional dutch oven will hang in the air—and make your stomach growl.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Club members will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of black powder rifle firing (visitors will be able to fire a rifle) and the art of throwing a tomahawk for bragging rights. Hint- step forward when throwing and end with your hand pointing at the target.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous is a family-friendly event and Stormer states that it would “make an excellent field trip” for homeschool families. The event is chock full of history, biology/mammalogy, science, and fun.

To learn more about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders contact President Earl Ellegood at kickapootracemuzzleloaders@gmail.com.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, including restaurant and lodging guides, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders-Living History

In Pulaski County, Missouri the pioneer spirit is tangible when you are in the company of the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders. First formed in 1972 by Jim Livingston and Bill Miller, among others, the club encourages organized black powder rifle and pistol shooting. They teach and practice safe handling and proper care of the firearms that shaped the westward expansion of the United States and strive to improve marksmanship. Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders is also a character building club- honesty, fellowship, self discipline, teamwork, and self reliance are all essential to sportsmanship. KTM holds these characteristics in even higher esteem- they value them as the foundation of true patriotism.

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Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders circa 2009. Image courtesy of KTM.

When the club acquired their first property in the Gospel Ridge area they built a cabin. The members built it themselves- they even stripped the bark off the logs they harvested for the build. Later, when the club moved to their current location they couldn’t leave their handiwork behind. They disassembled the cabin and moved it piece by piece to be reassembled on the new property. True to their pioneer spirit they continued to improve upon the cabin, and their new land. They reinforced the doors of the old cabin. Blacksmith Lee Marek made hinges and hasps. Then in true pioneer tradition they fashioned another 25×25 cabin and connected the two with an 1800’s style dogtrot. Club member Harold F. Rakop, Jr. is quick to let one know that the best breeze is the one that blows through KTM’s cabin. Of course, the club continues to make improvements to their land. They have cleared some 40 acres of a hillside. Boy Scouts have camped at the site for several years and the club hopes to accommodate Girl Scouts in the future. They are in the process of adding a shower house and Eagle Scouts have installed bat houses, worked on the trail, created a meditation and remembrance area, and reworked the bridge that crosses the scenic creek that runs on the property.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are known for their skilled black powder shooting but members also excel in other skills that were instrumental to surviving the harsh Ozark Mountains in the 1820’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Members can blacksmith, trap, build a cabin, start a fire, cook using a dutch oven, purify drinking water, and countless other tasks that were instrumental to survival during the earliest pioneer days.

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Blacksmithing was an important skill for the mountain men as they blazed their way west. Image via http://www.azblacksmith.org.

They can also spin a pretty good yarn around the campfire. Kathi Crawford likes to tell a story about her father- Don Cook, Bud Abbott, and Uncle Gene Baldwin. These three were “true mountain men” who would often spend the weekend at Abbott’s hunting cabin. Often, the same two neighbors would show up just as dinner was ready. These two didn’t even bring “moochin'” plates with them- they would just show up, borrow a plate, eat and leave. The mountain men were certainly neighborly, but after a time, it begin to set them wrong that the two men did not even offer a helping hand as a thank you. A few weeks later, the men returned to camp just as the mountain men were finishing their meal. Abbott took the last bites of his meal and set the empty plate on the ground in front of his dog Heidi. Heidi licked that plate clean with gusto. Eventually Abbott picked that plate up and ambled over to the cabinet and stored it away. Just as he closed the door to the cabinet he looked back and asked the two men if they wanted a plate to eat. They stammered excuses as they made their way to the door and that was the last the mountain men saw of the “moochin men”.

The members have formed a strong bond and became more than “just a club”. When informally polled every member listed the fellowship and camaraderie as one of their favorite things about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders. Membership isn’t a given, however, the club is quick to extend an invitation to those interested in joining to attend an event and get to know the club.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will be encamped for their annual rendezvous on the banks of the Roubidoux during Old Settlers Day July 30 & 31st, 2016 in Waynesville, Missouri. Their camp will be open to the public both Saturday & Sunday beginning at 8:00 a.m.. The club will also conduct primitive skills demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders during a fire starting demonstration. Image via http://www.pulaskimomastergardeners.org

To learn more about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders contact Earl Ellegood, President, at kickapootracemuzzleloaders@gmail.com.

To learn more about Old Settlers Day please visit www.route66courthouse.com.

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To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.