Governor and First Lady Parson to Visit Waynesville

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the First Lady will travel to Waynesville next week, Tuesday, July 27 touring Route 66 as part of the statewide Bicentennial Tour.

He and the First Lady will participate in a community meet & greet on the Historic Waynesville Square along with a tour of the 1903 Pulaski County Courthouse Museum. The event scheduled for July 27, 3:45 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. It is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

It was Waynesville, in 1990, that then-Governor John Ashcroft signed legislation that designated the 307 miles of Route 66 that travels through Missouri as a historic byway. The legislation was co-sponsored by former Representative Jim Mitchell of Richland. Missouri was the first state to award the Highway with such status and since then, our community has celebrated its history with festivals and events that are held all year long.

Speakers will include Governor Parson, Luge Hardman, Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member, and former Missouri State Representative Jim Mitchell. Pulaski County officials said it means a lot for the Waynesville community that Parson would choose to devote a tour stop to honor Route 66.

Pulaski County Courthouse along Route 66, Missouri

“I think it’s wonderful that Missouri and the governor recognize that Route 66 has such an importance to the state of Missouri and our local history,” Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles noted. “We have so many domestic and international visitors that travel Route 66 each year; people are just in love with it!”

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