#PulaskiCountyUSA: Open For Business


#PulaskiCountyUSA: Open For Business

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center would like to advise everyone, that in spite of the recent flood event, #PulaskiCountyUSA is open for business! Our hoteliers are ready for your stay, our restaurants are ready to serve you a delicious meal, our museums are ready to show you a piece of history, our antique stores are ready to show you their treasures, and our outfitters are ready for your family’s float on the scenic and gentle Big Piney & Gasconade Rivers. Come spend the weekend with us and let us show you and your family why we are A Welcome Place In America’s Heartland! #VisitMO

The Normandy: Historic Route 66


The Normandy: Historic Route 66

The Normandy, near Buckhorn, was a favorite eating place for locals, as well as Route 66 travelers. The restaurant, hotel, and gas station complex was razed circa 1978. A quarry is on the site now. The pillars that marked the entrance to The Normandy are still visible on the south side of the road close to the turnoff for the Pulaski County – Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club.

Photo and background information courtesy of Terry & Jan Primas of Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation.

To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/pdf/pulaskidrivingtours.pdf


Sterling’s Hillbilly Store: Historic Route 66


Sterling's Hillbilly Store: Historic Route 66

Sterling’s Hillbilly Store was a landmark for generations of families and travelers on The Mother Road near Hooker, Missouri in Pulaski County USA. The business adapted to the changes of Route 66 and was located in four different venues throughout the years. Today, the famous “Hillbilly” sign still greets drivers as they travel the Main Street of America at the Mule Trading Post in Phelps County. Members of the Wells family continue the family tradition of basket weaving and one of their baskets can be seen on display in an exhibit at the John B. Mahaffey Museum on Fort Leonard Wood.

To learn more about Hooker, Missouri on Route 66 in Pulaski County please view the Old Settlers Gazette 2011 edition which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/Hooker%20Memories.pdf

To learn more about the life of entrepreneur Sterling Wells please read the Old Settlers Gazette 2008 article which can be found here: http://oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette08/Sterlingwells.pdf

To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/pdf/pulaskidrivingtours.pdf

To learn more about the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood please visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/Brochures/flwmuseum.pdf

H.E. Warren Store: Richland, Missouri


H.E. Warren Store: Richland, Missouri

The Family Business for 144 Years: H.E. Warren Store in #PulaskiCountyUSA is destination in itself. Continually operating since 1869 the family business has served generations of Pulaskians and travelers. To learn more about the history of this store please read the 2011 article in the Old Settler’s Gazette which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/Gazette%20pages%2058%20Warren%20Store.pdf

Image kindly shared by Old Stagecoach Stop

Waynesville’s Roubidoux Bridge: Historic Route 66


Waynesville's Roubidoux Bridge: Historic Route 66

The Roubidoux Bridge, a five span concrete arch bridge, in Waynesville on historic Route 66 spans Roubidoux River and was constructed in 1923 to coincide with the, at the time, new Highway 66 that connected Chicago to Los Angeles. It was widened in 1939, before Fort Leonard Wood was conceptualized. Today’s visitors to Pulaski County USA can still travel across this original Route 66 bridge.

To learn more about bridges in Pulaski County, Missouri visit: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/pulaski/

To learn more about the history of Pulaski County, Missouri’s bridges visit: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/BridgesofPulaski.pdf

To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.pulaskicountyusa.com

Gascozark Service Station & Café: Historic Route 66


Gascozark Service Station & Café: Historic Route 66

Gascozark Service Station & Café was constructed in the early 1930’s by Frank Allison Jones, the founder and proprietor of Gascozark Hills Resort. The service station and café is abandoned today, and is often photographed by Route 66 travelers. The resort that Mr. Jones built is still in operation as Gasconade Hills Resort and is a popular destination for float and camping trips, as well as Mother Road enthusiasts. To learn more about the life of Frank A. Jones please read the 2007 Old Settlers Gazette article about his life which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette07/Gascozark.pdf

To get your turn by turn directions of Route 66 call 877-858-8687 or visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

For more information, or to book your stay or float at Gasconade Hills Resort visit http://www.gasconadehills.com

Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66


Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts Bell Hotel, on the banks of the Roubidoux River, in Waynesville. The hotel was constructed around a one room cabin and parts of that structure are still visible inside the building today. The hotel began meeting the needs of auto tourists from the very beginning of Route 66. presently, the building is operated as Waynesville Memorial Chapel.