Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County

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Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County

Saint Robert, MO- August 22, 2017

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (www.MVPA.org) 91st Anniversary Convoy with over 60 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) will retrace the original 1926 Route 66; launching from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 and scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica, California some 29 days later, on Saturday, 14 October. The procession will enter Pulaski County from the east on Historic Route 66 in late afternoon on 20 September, 2017 and is scheduled to travel to the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex at Fort Leonard Wood for viewing of the HMVs from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to meet and greet the owners and take photos. Visitors should be prepared to provide a current driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to gain access to the post. Visitors will not need a pass for this event.

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World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as “the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Each day’s plans have been carefully prepared, including a detailed route map, stopping locations for AM and PM breaks as well as lunch and dinner stops and lodging plans for all of the RT 66 ’17 teams.

This 2,400 mile / 29 day Convoy represents America’s longest Veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of Veterans of all generations. Historic Military Vehicles on the Convoy will range from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. The privately owned HMVs include motor cycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks.

These Convoys (the MVPA has conducted 3 previous large-scale HMV Convoys) represent the ground forces legacy of the Nation, showcasing America’s Historic Military Vehicles of many types.

The Convoy will have the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies in many areas along the Convoy route.

Follow the Convoy progress on line http://www.convoyontheair.org/

Follow the Convoy on line with Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

Find the schedule and detailed route map (available mid September) at http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org/

About MVPA: Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

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Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

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Date: August 3, 2017
Contact: Greg Wood Phone: 660-882-9898 ext. 106
Email: greg@missourilife.com

To schedule an interview regarding Big BAM, please contact Greg Wood at above phone or email

Photos and maps available at www.bigbamride.com or by request

 

 

Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

Boonville, MO – Missouri Life magazine has announced the fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) which will travel along Missouri’s historic Route 66 from Joplin to Eureka. This six-day event will begin on June 17 with a pre-ride party and festival at Schifferdecker Park in Joplin featuring live music. The 304 mile ride begins on June 18 and ends on June 22 in Eureka.

Four additional overnight towns will host the ride and they include Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville and Cuba. Each town will open their city parks to welcome hundreds of Big BAM participants and anyone who wants to attend. They will find free live music and entertainment from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the event area in each overnight town. The public is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the music and festivities.

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Big BAM works with local authorities all along the route to help create a safe and fun event. Big BAM places water and rest stations every 10 to 12 miles. “We also encourage people along the route to set up refreshment stands if they wish and to cheer on the riders,” says Big BAM executive director Greg Wood, who is also publisher of Missouri Life magazine. “We have riders coming in from all over the U.S. and many other countries. For some, this will be their first time in Missouri. We hope all the towns along the route will be joining in on the fun and welcoming Big BAM riders.”

This is the fourth year for the event and the first time Big BAM has been on a route in the southern half of the state. “We are very excited to have the 2018 route on Missouri’s historic Route 66,” says Wood. “This will get a lot of attention nationally and internationally.”

Information and registration for the ride can be found on www.bigbamride.com. The route map for the 2018 ride and photos of the 2017 ride can be found there as well as all the details.

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Roadhouse Bar & Grill- Seriously Good Times

By Laura Huffman

Roadhouse Bar & Grill owner Colby Schnetzler takes having fun seriously. Schnetlzer, a United States Army veteran, has been the master of ceremonies at the RB&G near Laquey, Missouri since 2009.

RB&G is a working man’s (and woman’s) blue collar, laid back, casual roadhouse that is tops when it comes to pub grub and live music. It isn’t uncommon to see the parking lot full of Harleys, Jeeps, and pickup trucks. The place is usually packed with hard-working folks spending their hard earned money on honest and authentic food. Don’t be surprised if you see a minivan or three in the crowd—busy soccer moms often bring the family in for a filling meal, or to grab a BOGO burger or pizza pie to take home for the evening meal.

Less than a mile from an early alignment of Route 66, Roadhouse Bar & Grill also attracts those exploring the Mother Road. Theresa Goodrich, author of the upcoming book “Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1”, toured Pulaski County with her husband, Jim, during their cross country trek. When asked her thoughts on RB&G she commented “Roadhouse Bar & Grill was one of our favorite stops on our cross-country road trip. The wings were big and juicy and the pizza was absolutely loaded with toppings.” Goodrich, who is based near Chicago, IL., further added “The only thing wrong with the place is that it’s not closer [to home]. I’d love to be able to listen to some live music on that epic deck and dive into those wings every weekend.”

Roadhouse Bar & Grill is a local favorite for pizza in Pulaski County, Missouri. Photo by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

Roadhouse Bar & Grill is a local favorite for pizza in Pulaski County, Missouri. Photo by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

Indeed, Roadhouse Bar & Grill’s epic outdoor deck is a local hot spot during Spring, Summer, and Fall. Families and friends gather around the tables to share food and laughter. Motorcyclists congregate here after a ride with a cold drink. Local bands play their hearts out to enthusiastic crowds on the outdoor deck. It is an epic deck.

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RB& G’s wings are also a hit with everyone who tries them. Image by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

RB&G is also a hot spot in the live band scene. It isn’t just for local talent though. Schnetzler has brought in top notch entertainment from across Missouri and from coast to coast during his tenure.  Moccasin Creek, Confederate Railroad, Moonshine Bandits, The LACS, and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s have all stomped their feet on the RB&G stage.

Cold beverages, delicious food, friendly and outgoing staff, and the hottest bands all add up to a seriously good time at the Roadhouse.

Menu and prices subject to change.

Menu and prices subject to change.

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Menu and prices subject to change.

Follow Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/roadhousemo for upcoming band announcements and food specials.

For more to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe- Two Doors North of Route 66

By Laura Huffman

Seda’s Gift Shoppe, an unique emporium offering fun and useful gifts for all occasions, is located on the historic and charming Square in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The current location is housed in what was formerly the Rexall Drug Store. Pam Seda, owner of the gift shop, fondly recalls walking to the drug store after school to get a vanilla Coke and a grilled cheese sandwich. Little did she know back then that she would be the proud owner of the building that today houses her successful shop.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The premise of Seda’s gift shop was formed over fifteen years ago. While working retail and at the local cable company she pondered the idea of owning a business. Perhaps inspired by her grandfather, Pam and her husband Steve, decided to re-open his former business, Hill’s Antiques and Swap Shop. The determined coupled rolled up their sleeves and set about bringing the dormant store back to life. After a thorough cleaning and re-roofing the building, they realized that the location wasn’t ideal. The Seda’s decided to wait.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In September, 2002 the couple signed a lease on the building that had been the home of local landmark Parrish Floral for many years. This building was snuggled up to Route 66‘s curb and was just across the street from another local icon, Victory Pub. The Seda’s purchased $300 of inventory to sell at their new enterprise.

Eighteen months after opening their doors the Rexall Building (built in 1941 for Dr. C.A. Talbot) around the corner became available. Seda did not hesitate and purchased the building. The gift shop moved into the lower level and Seda’s Gift Shoppe has been a hit with browsers, shoppers, locals, and tourists ever since.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Seda’s strong roots to Pulaski County, five generations on both sides, makes community pride the cornerstone of her business. She also enthusiastically shares her love of Waynesville with Route 66 travelers from around the globe who stop in to find the perfect souvenir. Seda’s Gift Shoppe is just two doors north of the classic highway, directly next to Nona’s Kitchen in the famed Rigsby House.

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Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

To learn more about Seda’s Gift Shoppe at 107 North Benton in Waynesville follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Sedas-Gift-Shoppe-137481656267844

Download a free Waynesville Walking Tour brochure here.

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

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Ultimate “Halloween in September” Road Trip Guide

A guide to scariest attractions, what to see, what to do, places to stuff your face, and where to rest your head!

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Do you bleed orange and black? Have you ever wished that Halloween lasted more than one day? Have you ever wanted to start your All Hallows Eve celebration in September? If you answered yes to any of the three keep reading!

Plan now for your spooktacular Pulaski County, Missouri road trip in late September! This weekend adventure will put you in the Halloween spirit!

Friday September 22/September 29

Jump right into the thrills and chills by arriving early at Haunted Hill to beat the line! This freakishly frightening trail has been described as Mid-Missouri’s most haunted outdoor attraction.
*Buy the speed pass to skip the long line.

UPDATE: Sadly, on August 21, 2017 Haunted Hill announced via Facebook that their attraction is now permanently closed. Nearby Rising Haunted Attraction opens September 29. 

Continue the screamfest during the Haunted River Float at Ruby’s Landing on the Gasconade River near Waynesville. A raft is your sanctuary as you paddle through the inky darkness that envelops the river. Who knows what is in the water? This float trip isn’t for the faint of heart! Make it safely back to land and roast marshmallows and Jiffy Pop over the campfire. A free night of camping is included in float trip admission so don’t forget the tent!

Saturday September 23/September 30

Hungry? Hit a mom and pop cafe for a hearty breakfast before a full day of exploring, adventuring, and ghoulish fun! Route 66 Diner is a favorite for locals and travelers.
*An early start is recommended to squeeze in all the fun!

Explore Route 66 for a few hours. The Visitors Center in Saint Robert offers free turn by turn directions. Don’t miss the legendary Devils Elbow area bridges, the fudge factory near Saint Robert, and downtown Waynesville. While in Waynesville take a picture of W.H. Croaker, explore the Farmer’s Market, visit the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum and walk the Trail of Tears remembrance trail. *Don’t miss the boutiques, old fashioned candy shop, and eateries on the Square.

Hungry? Saint Robert is known for its delicious food! For an international twist try schnitzel at The Hub Restaurant, Mama Mia’s Greek gyros, or food truck pineapple fried rice at Mobile Thai Kitchen. Sweetwater Barbecue‘s pulled pork is so good that you will think someone’s Grandma is manning the kitchen.

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Image by Jackie

Slow the pace during a short leisurely float on the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Pick an outfitter and your vessel (inner tube, raft, kayak, or canoe) for a carefree afternoon with Mother Nature.
*Pack a camera in your dry bag to grab stunning snaps along the way!

Cap off an evening you won’t forget as a ghost hunter with Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (C.O.P.S) during a Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Talbot House on North Street in Waynesville, Missouri. Built in 1899, the Talbot House is one of Waynesville’s oldest and most interesting homes. Paid reservations are required and spots are very limited so book your group today!
*Investigators must be 18 or older.

Grab some shut eye at one of Saint Robert’s hotels. Saint Robert has hotel choices that will fit any budget. Many hotels have an indoor pool or offer a free hot breakfast.
*Book directly with the hotel for the cheapest rate.

Sunday September 24/October 1

For a special treat grab a baker’s dozen of fresh, handmade, premium gourmet donuts at Lamb’s Donuts near the front gate of Fort Leonard Wood. These sweet treats have been fueling locals, visitors, soldiers, and law enforcement for years!
*For a savory start order the chorizo breakfast burrito.

Before saying goodbye to Pulaski County head to Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch near Dixon to choose the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern.

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For more things to see and do in Pulaski County visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com
For a complete listing of haunted attractions and events during October visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum)

by Laura Huffman

Dudley’s Cabins & Service in Valley Park. Johnnie’s Bar & Indian Relic Museum in Saint James. Perry’s Crescent Service Station & Restaurant in Rolla. Bell Cafe & Garage in Waynesville.

If you were a mom & pop business on Route 66 in its’ heyday you had to have a hook- and sometimes a sideline to stand above the crowd. The route was riddled with entrepreneurs who hung their shingles and the competition for the motorists’ attention, and dollars, was particularly fierce.

Enter Ken York in Saint Robert, Missouri. York has his eye on unofficially labeling his business as Majestic Auto Body & Museum. He isn’t gunning to separate your cash from your wallet- but he will bend your ear. York, a 1959 graduate of Waynesville High School, has collected memories & memorabilia of Route 66 for a lifetime.

Ken York and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air. York purchased it in 1958 for less than $500. Image by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Ken York and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air. York purchased it in 1958 for less than $500. Image by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

York often occupies a comfortable chair in the middle of the shop, with his pipe at his side, and reminders of his youth on full display on the walls around him. His classic 1955 Chevy Bel Air, purchased when he was in high school and when the machine only had 900 miles on it, is parked slightly behind him and to his right. He is happy to show pictures of his ride that were taken shortly after he purchased it. He is even happier to pull back her covering to let you admire her yourself. She’s a beauty. Two door, hardtop. Jet black and pinstriped by York himself in 1960. A Cave State Cruisers decal clings to the passenger side window. York allowed me to open the driver’s side door and when I admired the embroidered roses on the door panels he explained that when he was in school all the kids decorated the interior of their cars. He chose roses.

York is quick to reminisce about the Saint Robert/Waynesville of his youth. He speaks of the coney dogs and milkshakes at Park N Eat. He recalled that Dairy Queen “has always been there” and remarked that in the early 1950’s it was the only place around to get a fountain Dr. Pepper. His mention of the soda spurred a memory of purchasing a gallon of root beer from A&W for 20¢ before hanging out at the drive-in. He fondly recalls that Top of the Town (later known as Top Hat Lounge) had the best steak in town and that Mr. Quick had an “absolutely delicious” char-coaled hamburger for 20¢.

York will tell you tales of his time running a feed store in Waynesville for his Uncle Fred and of working at his dad’s Sovereign Service Station (later an Apco Station). He has a story or three about his time working at Fort Wood Theater on the banks of the Roubidoux. A musician at heart, he shows off pictures of his ’64 Fender Stratocaster and bemoans the loss of some his gear during a long ago fire that leveled the Pine Room. He asked if I knew of his bandmate, Narvel Felts. I was able to answer that I did and that Felts, who is from Missouri’s bootheel had made some the Zalma High School girl’s hearts swoon, including my own mother’s. York also talked about playing with Delbert McKinnon and jamming with Bobby Preston at Ike Martin’s Music Store when it was still open for business.

The lobby of Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) on Route 66 in Saint Robert, Missouri. The two gasoline pumps on the far right were originally located at Ken York's father's service station on Route 66 in Waynesville. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The lobby of Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) on Route 66 in Saint Robert, Missouri. The two gasoline pumps on the far right were originally located at Ken York’s father’s service station on Route 66 in Waynesville. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

York also has stories about his time as Deputy Sheriff and proudly displays his badge. He has stories from his father’s time as Pulaski County Sheriff- one of the area’s grittiest eras.

He and Saint Robert, one might say, grew up together. York seems proud of both Saint Robert & Waynesville’s growth into Fort Leonard Wood’s gateway cities. He also looks forward to the day that the Neon Park at George M. Reed Roadside Park is a reality. You can easily picture him gazing at the neon with a grin on his face and a memory running through his mind.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) in Saint Robert, MO. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) in Saint Robert, MO. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In the meantime, pop into Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) and spend some time with a man who lived through Route 66’s heyday. The magic of that road, that time, & that place spring back to life when York starts speaking.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum)
1140 Old Route 66
Saint Robert, MO. 65584
(573)336.0044

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To learn more about the planned Neon Park visit www.visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66preservation/neonpark.htm

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, including lodging and dining options, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

Ten Perfect Christmas Gifts for Route 66 Fans

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Compiled by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Do you have a Route 66 fan on your Christmas list? No matter where they are across the globe you can give them the gift of the Mother Road 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!

Rigsby Station Ornament Rigsby’s Station was a beloved landmark on Route 66 in Waynesville for many years. Keep its memory alive each year by hanging this ornament on your tree! STOCKING STUFFER $6.50

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

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

Route 66 Wooden Ornament– Decorating the Christmas tree is a beloved tradition around the world! Bring your love of the road to your evergreen with this laser cut Route 66 wooden ornament. MADE IN THE USA $5

Route 66 Thimble– Have a digitabulists in your life? This is the perfect gift! STOCKING STUFFER $3

Route 66 Coffee Mug– One does not start their day with a common coffee cup- only a Route 66 coffee mug will do for the roadie! $5

Route 66 Panhead T Shirt- Put your knees in the breeze on America’s Main Street while sporting this vintage styled shirt. M-XL (2X & 3X available) $14.50

Route 66 Cotton Hat– The legend lives on in this vintage styled ball cap. $12

Route 66 Est. 1926 T Shirt– Get your kicks on Route 66 in this vintage styled shirt. S-XL (2X & 3X available) $12.50

Route 66 License Plate Holder– Enjoy the ride and show off your Route 66 pride with this license plate holder. $10