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.

7 Reasons Why You Should Add The Frog Hill Half To Your Half-Marathon Calendar

Whether you are a seasoned half-marathoner, or recently began training for your first event, the Frog Hill Half in Waynesville, Missouri is bucket list worthy. Missouri is home to over 50 annual half-marathons but the Frog Hill Half stands out in the crowd. In its third year this challenging race is picking up steam and drawing more runners and their families.

1. Centrally Located- Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, lies just north of Interstate 44 (Exit 156) and is approximately half way between Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri. This makes travel to and from the Frog Hill Half a breeze.

2. Route 66- This storied pavement has been revered by “roadies” since the cross country highway was decommissioned in 1985. Runners can truly connect with America’s past during this portion of the course. A small portion of Frog Hill Half retraces part of the route ran during the Trans-American Footrace in 1928.

3. W.H. Croaker- Our list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the race’s namesake. W.H. Croaker is an internationally famous landmark. Carved from an extra large boulder, the brightly colored green and yellow frog rock will silently cheer you on as you pass beneath during your descent into charming downtown Waynesville.

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W.H. Croaker- the namesake of the Frog Hill Half Marathon

4. Superior Hill- One portion of the course follows an antebellum road that is gravel and crushed rock. Don’t be lulled by the Ozark scenery as you pass by Roubidoux Spring and follow the river towards the historic Poor Farm. Superior Hill awaits you. This formidable challenge peaks just shy of a half mile and features a 9% grade. You will never forget completing this section of the course.

5. Amenities- Area amenities make the Frog Hill Half a destination. Arrive early and explore Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66, shop the antique stores and gift boutiques, learn the tragic tale of the Cherokee, and feast at unique dining spots. Stay late and discover stunning scenery while kayaking the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Nearby Saint Robert has multiple lodging accommodations that will fit any budget. Race organizers have negotiated a race discount at Baymont Inn & Suites.

6. Family Friendly- The race is organized by Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries with a focus on the family. In addition to the half-marathon they offer a 10K the same day. The Leapfrog 5K takes place the evening before the featured race. The out-and-back course leads half-marathoners to Frogtoberfest at Waynesville City Park. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates W.H. Croaker’s “birthday” and is jam packed with fun activities.

7. George Mallory- The famous mountaineer, after being asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, famously retorted “Because it’s there”. You are a half-marathoner and Frog Hill Half is waiting to be conquered.

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Photo courtesy of Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 20-June 26, 2016

June 21, 23, 24, & 25- Pick Your Own Blueberries
What: Don’t let a stranger pick your family’s blueberries!
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: Tues, Thurs., Fri. 8:00 a.m. until Noon, Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $2.85 per pound, call ahead for pre-picked pricing info
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm– 573.759.7998

June 21 thru 25- Tri-County Fair
What: County Fair
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: Call for schedule.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Tri-County Fair (Karen Pemberton)- 417.594.1968

June 24 thru 26- 3rd Annual Pulaski County Pride
What: Pulaski County GLBTQ Pride month celebration
Where: Various locations in Saint Robert & Waynesville
When: Various dates/times
Cost: Various costs
Contact: Pulaski County Pride (Charlie Joe Dill or Daniel Kallman)- 573.201.7455

June 24-26 Pulaski County pride

June 24 & 25- 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 25 & 26- 29th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show
What: 25 classes of classic beauties to admire, discuss, & photograph!
Where: Waynesville City Park, Waynesville
When: Saturday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Cave State Cruisers (Don Doan)- 573.830.4717

June 25 & 26 Cave State Cruisers

June 25- 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

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June 25- 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

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June 25- Shrine Summer Fest 2016
What: Live music festival featuring Cole Porter Band, Jared Hicks, and Dirt Road Junkies
Where: Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, Buckhorn
When: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 advance, $20 gate, $30 VIP
Contact: Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club– 573.774.5454

June 25 Shrine Summer Fest

Looking Ahead:

July 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
July 4- These Colors Don’t Run 5K, Fort Leonard Wood
July 4- Independence Day Celebration, Fort Leonard Wood
July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland

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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 13-June 19, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups:

Vandalia Bus Lines/ St. Matthias Golden Achievers Club- June 13
Crossroads Bank- June 16
Lifestyle Tours- June 17
Remember The Removal Riders-June 17

June 14, 15, 16, & 17- Pick Your Own Blueberries
What: Don’t let a stranger pick your family’s blueberries!
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. until Noon, Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $2.85 per pond, call ahead for pre-picked pricing info
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm– 573.759.7998

June 15 thru 18- Pulaski County Regional Fair
What: County Fair
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, St. Robert
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday Noon-11:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Regional Fair (Carl Boone)- 816.261.6051

June 17- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Centennial Event
Where: Laughlin Park, Waynesville
When: 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: National Park Service (Carole Wendler) 505.988.6092

June 17, 18, & 19- PFAA Presents “Gifted”
What: Pulaski Fine Arts Association theater production
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sunday Matinee 2:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (April York)- 573.337.1184

June 18- 11th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
What: Organized motorcycle ride to support the USO
Where: Begins at Ozark Harley-Davidson, Ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest, Waynesville
When: Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., kickstands up at Noon
Cost: $15 per motorcycle
Contact: Freedom of Road Riders Local 28– 573.586.7221

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June 18- 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

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1903 Route 66 Museum, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- 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

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Old Stagecoach Stop, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

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Looking Ahead:

June 21-25 Tri County Fair, Richland
June 24-26 Pulaski County Pride, Waynesville & Saint Robert
June 24 & 25- PFAA Presents “Gifted”, Waynesville
June 25 & 26- Cave State Cruisers 29th Annual Car Show, Waynesville
July 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, 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!

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Events for the week of April 4-April 10, 2016

April 9- 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!

April 9- 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!

April 9- 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

April 9- Kickin’ It Route 66 Pageant
What: Route 66 Pageant
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert
When: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m..
Cost: Call for information
Contact: Pulaski County Pageant Board (Tonya Laue)- 573.528.6145

April 9 Kickin It Route 66 Pageant

Looking Ahead:
April 15 & 16- Sportsman’s Gun Show, Dixon
April 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
April 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
April 30- Mountain Man/Blackpowder Fun Day, Rendezvous, & Trade Fair, Dixon
May 7- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
May 7- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 7- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
May 7- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, 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!

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Events for the week of March 7-March 13, 2016

March 11 & 12- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”
What: Community theater production
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & Under $5
Contact: April York- 573.337.1184

March PFAA

PFAA takes the stage at Theater On The Square in Waynesville in March!

March 12- 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!

March 12- Clover Dash 5K/10K
What: St. Patrick’s themed 5K/10K run
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., run begins at 9:00 a.m..
Cost: $30
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.4359
*Open to the public, for access questions contact Fort Leonard Wood MWR

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Clover Dash 5K/10K on Fort Leonard Wood, March 12th!

March 12- BBQ Competition
What: BBQ Competition
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert
When: Lunch served at Noon
Cost: $8 per plate
Contact: City of Saint Robert Parks & Recreation- 573.451.2625

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Bring your “taste” buds to the BBQ Competition in Saint Robert March 12th!

March 12- The Baker Band Ham & Beans Dinner Show
What: Dinner and a show in a family friendly venue
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15, Children 12 & Under FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson-573.433.9370

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Dinner and a show at The Barn March 12th!

Looking Ahead:

March 17, 18, 19, & 20- Special Olympics Missouri State Indoor Games, Fort Leonard Wood
March 18, 19, & 20- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”, Waynesville
March 19- Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest, Waynesville
March 25 & 26- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”, Waynesville
April 2- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 2- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum- Waynesville
April 2- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Saint Robert
April 2- 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

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Events for the week of February 15, 2016-February 21, 2016

February 19 & 20- 7th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Show
What: Vendors include resorts, kayaks & canoes, outdoor adventure guides, hunting, fishing, clubs, ATV’s, trucks, camping and more.
Where: St. Robert Community Center
When: Friday- 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday- 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Saint Robert Parks Department- 573.451.2625

February 19_20 Outdoor Sportsman Show

February 20- 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!

February 20- Potters Wheel LIVE In Concert
What: An evening of soul-stirring gospel & entertaining bluegrass in a family friendly setting.
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 Adults, Kids 12 & Under FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

February 20 Potters Wheel at The Barn

Potters Wheel In Concert at The Barn February 20!

Looking Ahead:

March 5- Race To The White House 11K Challenge, Crocker
March 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
March 11 & 12- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”, Waynesville
March 12- BBQ Competition, Saint Robert
March 12- The Baker Band Ham & Beans Dinner Show, Dixon
March 17, 18, 19, & 20- Special Olympics Missouri State Indoor Games, Fort Leonard Wood
March 18, 19, & 20- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”, Waynesville
March 19- Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest, Waynesville
March 25 & 26- PFAA Presents “The Children’s Hour”, Waynesville

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