The City of St. Robert’s motto is “Come Grow with Us” and the growth has been tremendous over the last 70 years.
With the construction of Fort Leonard Wood in 1941, the region made its start with temporary housing structures and tents for the thousands that flocked to Pulaski County for work. Throughout the next 75 years, the “Fort” has grown to be the military’s third-largest training installation.
As the population in the area continued to grow locals were encouraged to charter the district as a Village in October 1951. Learn more about the City of St. Robert’s history at https://www.saintrobert.com/236/History-of-St-Robert.
Since those early years, the city now has over 100 city employees and over 400 businesses.
With an assortment of greenspace, lodging, restaurants, shops, and business services, St. Robert is a thriving community along the I-44 corridor. The city continues to welcome corporations and entrepreneurs to join the growing opportunities supporting military and tourism missions.
What beckons travelers and tourists to Pulaski County?
The waterways are playgrounds for fishing floating and family fun.
Weaving through the heart of St. Robert, thousands of roadies get their kicks each year. The Mother Road welcomes generations of Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world. Must-stops along the Route include the hamlet of Devils Elbow, Uranus Fudge Factory, the George M. Road Roadside Park, and Frog Rock which overlooks Rt. 66 and the adjoining town of Waynesville.
The George M. Reed Roadside Park, an original roadside park located along Route 66, features a Marine tank placed in dedication to the “brave servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation”. The Park will soon feature restored vintage Route 66 neon signs that originated from the local area and across 66 in Missouri.
Located on the northside of I-44 is a highly visited attraction by military families and travelers alike. The attraction features mural-type artwork on rock boulders by the military companies and battalions. The display features a massive 12 ft x 10 ft Freedom Rock, which is part of the 50 State Tour and is one of 3 locations in Missouri. The St. Robert Welcome Plaza highlighting the Military Branches of the United States Military.
The effort to honor African American soldiers who endured segregation while in service to their country was spearheaded by the St. Robert Historical Preservation Committee. A tribute was established featuring the chimney of the Black USO of Ft. Leonard Wood. This Park is located on the west side of Missouri Avenue, leading to the entrance of Fort Leonard Wood.
The city operates the museum located at the municipal center. It highlights historical information and static displays spanning 70 years of the community’s history. The museum is free to browse and is open 8am-5pm Monday thru Friday.
Congratulations St. Robert! The 70th Anniversary is traditionally known as the Platinum Anniversary, symbolizing strength, rarity, and endurance. Coincidence?