Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Board of Directors and staff express our deepest condolences to Leon Saxton Jr.’s family, friends, and loved ones. Leon has been a part of our tourism family for over a decade. At the time of his passing he served on our board as a restaurant representative. Leon was an avid supporter and champion of Pulaski County, Missouri. He was a forward-thinker, a patriot, a family-man, and he evoked the spirit of entrepreneurship. His commitment to Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and to Pulaski County sets the bar high and cements his legacy to Fort Leonard Wood region’s economic growth and prosperity. Rest in peace Leon.
Schwagstock 47, a weekend campout concert experience, takes place July 20 & 21st at Pulaski County Shrine Park in Waynesville’s Buckhorn neighborhood. The family-friendly music festival lineup features The Schwag, Hindenburg Project, Miles Over Mountains, The Driftaways, Brody Buster, The Dancing Bear Tribe, Spillie Nelson, Molly Adamson, and more. The music isn’t the only star of the show though- Shrine Club Park is a top-notch venue and Waynesville’s food scene and attractions deserve to be explored. Fall in love with Waynesville during Schwagstock 47!
ROUBIDOUX SPRING- Reward yourself with a dip in the spring! Waynesville’s public spring has been cooling off travelers, visitors, and locals since the earliest days of westward expansion. Legend states that if you dip your toes in the spring, or even dive in, that someday you will return to Waynesville. Mayor Luge Hardman encourages you to test this theory! Located just off Historic Route 66 at Laughlin Park. (Please do not dive off the wall/fence.)
FLOAT- A trip into the heart of the Ozarks would not be complete without a canoe or kayak trip on the Gasconade or Big Piney rivers. Don’t wish to haul your kayaks to Schwagstock? Any of Pulaski County’s outfitters will gear you up for your float trip adventure!
Image by Flckr user Garden State Hiker
TRAIL OF TEARS MEMORIAL- During the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homelands in Georgia to what is now Oklahoma two detachments stopped and camped at Roubidoux Spring in what is now Laughlin Park. The National Park Service, Trail of Tears Association, and City of Waynesville have partnered together to place interpretive signage between the spring and the river ford. The signage depicts the tragic tale- and is a somber reminder of a disturbing era of our past.
FOR THE YOUNGSTERS & YOUNG AT HEART- Kiddos and families will love the Splash Park and Little Heroes All-Accessible Playground at Waynesville City Park. Waynesville City Park is nestled on the banks of the Roubidoux River and provides river access.
MUSEUMS ON THE SQUARE- Waynesville’s public square is home to two National Register of Historic Places landmarks that operate as museums. The Old Stagecoach Stop, on the east side of the square began as a stagecoach stop in the late 1850’s. Throughout its life it has served as a tavern, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel. The 1903 Courthouse Museum was designed by Henry H. Hohenschild who served as Missouri State Architect. The brick building housed Pulaski County’s governmental operations into the 1990’s. The upstairs courtroom, mostly in original condition, is a stunning display of skilled craftsmanship and early 20th century design and function. Both museums will be open Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated
ROUTE 66 COMMUNITY ART GALLERY- Located in a period Route 66 building that first housed Weber’s Appliance, Route 66 Community Art Gallery celebrates all things Route 66. The gallery features paintings, photography, drawings, and sculpture work of local and international artists. The gallery is also a favorite place to pick up Route 66 books and memorabilia.
FROG ROCK- Also known as W.H. (Waynesville Hill) Croaker this quirky rock sculpture has been delighting Route 66 travelers since 1996. An Instagram-worthy selfie with Frog Rock is becoming a Route 66 rite of passage. (Please do not climb on W.H. Croaker.)
ROUTE 66- Waynesville is the birthplace of the byway! Missouri was the first state to enact legislation designating the former Mother Road as a historic district. The bill was signed by Governor Ashcroft in Waynesville July 10, 1990. Today the legendary highway is a bucket list road trip for adventurers around the globe. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a FREE turn-by-turn guide of Pulaski’s 33 miles, including Waynesville. Message your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours before Schwagstock 47 or pick one up at the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd.) in Saint Robert. While exploring the road don’t miss Devils Elbow, the “ghost” section, and Gascozark Café.
Make your plans now to explore, discover, & experience Pulaski County USA! Order your FREE visitors guide at email@example.com
WAYNESVILLE WALKING TOUR- Waynesville’s FREE self-guided walking tour brochure will acquaint you with the towns landmarks, notable locations, and sites of significance. Message your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours before Schwagstock 47 or pick one up at the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd.) in Saint Robert.
PULASKI COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU & VISITORS CENTER- Make the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Boulevard) in Saint Robert your first stop! The air-conditioned center is jam packed with information and brochures on things to do, restaurants, lodging, & attractions throughout Pulaski County. The center will be open during Schwagstock 47- Friday (8-5), Saturday (9-3), and Sunday (9-3).
Plan now to return to Waynesville for two days of living history July 28 & 29th during Old Settlers Day!
Schwagstock 47, a weekend campout concert experience, takes place July 20 & 21st at Pulaski County Shrine Park in Waynesville’s Buckhorn neighborhood. The family-friendly music festival lineup features The Schwag, Hindenburg Project, Miles Over Mountains, The Driftaways, Brody Buster, The Dancing Bear Tribe, Spillie Nelson, Molly Adamson, and more. The music isn’t the only star of the show though- Shrine Club Park is a top-notch venue and Waynesville’s food scene and attractions deserve to be explored. Fall in love with Waynesville during Schwagstock 47 and return the following weekend for two days of living history during Old Settlers Day!
Image by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
EATS: For a small town, Waynesville is BIG on flavor!
Countless foodies have discovered their happy place at Honey Chile’ Please, a southern restaurant. Rural Missouri featured the restaurant earlier in 2018 after discovering their flavor packed menu filled with scrumptious offerings such as Krispy Kreme Burgers, Blackberry Fried Chicken, South of the Border Shrimp and Grits, and Oxtails and Rice. Plan ahead- reservations are required and specialty menu choices change daily.
Also featured in Rural Missouri magazine (2016,) Nona’s Kitchen is a well-known Route 66 dining destination in downtown Waynesville. Housed in the historic Rigsby House on the square, Nona’s dishes up filling, fresh home cooked meals. Nona’s has earned a loyal fan base, even inspiring the “Tattoo Man of Route 66” to ink their logo onto his Mother Road themed body art gallery!
“It [schnitzel sandwich] was fresh and flavorful and had the perfect crunch (I’m a texture person so this is important). The German rye was buttery and toasted to perfection, the breaded pork loin was tender and juicy.” -Rachel F.
Taste the Bavarian Alps at Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus located inside Paradise Deli on Waynesville’s Square. The authentic German restaurant has been serving delicious schnitzel for over thirty years. Favorites include Wiener Schnitzel (pan fried pork loin), Schnitzel “a la Holstein” (topped with an egg) and Jaeger Schnitzel (topped with mushroom, onion, & gravy.) Traditional sides include spaetzle, home fries, red cabbage, or tossed salad.
Chong Moore, owner of Cafe Korea, has been sharing her South Korean heritage, culture, and food with Saint Robert for almost eight years. Her prepared to order, authentic dishes have been called the “the best of Korean cuisine in the Ozarks” by Rural Missouri magazine. Raised in her Mother’s kitchen, Moore prides herself on the freshness of her ingredients. She and her staff hand slice the meats that they marinate for 24 hours before creating their “ma shee suh yo” appetizers and entrees. Bring cash or use the in-house ATM.
Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.
COOKOUT ESSENTIALS: Cooking over an open fire at camp? Get your provisions here!
Mid-Missouri’s friendliest farmers’ market! Open Saturday between 8 a.m. until Noon this market specializes in local fresh vegetables and fruits, naturally raised meats (including bison,) cage free eggs, jams, honey, baked goods (including traditional breads) and more! The market is located at the pavilion in Roubidoux Spring Campground northwest of the Roubidoux Bridge.
A must-try for lactating mothers- and for everyone! Cookiez features 16 lactation treats including baked lactation cookies and lactation lava cakes. Not nursing? Try one of their 25 flavors of baked cookies!
This fudge factory and general store also features escape rooms and the world’s largest belt buckle. Uranus is modeled after over-the-top tourist traps of Route 66’s heyday and its sometimes peculiar and bizarre photo ops are often Instaworthy.
Image by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.
DRINKS: Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage on a hot summer day!
“LOVE this place! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. Very relaxed atmosphere.”- Alicia G.
Hideaway with friends on the comfy couches at Cellar 66 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Pulaski County’s first wine bar also delivers thoughtful, well-executed appetizers and entrees. Carb-load with the bread tray or one of three pasta dishes- spaghetti & meatballs, lasagna, and cheese tortellini.
In the heart of Waynesville, on the Square, Hoppers Pub pays homage to its Route 66 connection by offering 66 beers on tap. Some offerings of note are: Hoppers Frog Drool, an American Pale Ale brewed exclusively for Hoppers Pub by Piney River Brewing Company; Ad Astra Ale, an Altbier (traditional German ale) brewed by Free State Brewing Company; Stone IPA, an American IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Company; Chocolate Milk Stout, a Milk/Sweet Stout brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company of Saint Louis; and Black Walnut Wheat, an American Dark Wheat Ale also from Piney River Brewing Company. The extensive beer menu covers domestics and imports, craft beers and industry giant beers-including Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). Hoppers also serves up satisfying pub grub. Try the frog legs or the Jam Burger!
Marcus Alonzo Hanna, Ohio Senator, was the namesake of the community and post office of Hanna, Missouri in Pulaski County.
Mark Hanna photographed in 1896 by W. J. Root.
1. Hanna attended the same public school, Cleveland (OH) Central High School, as John D. Rockefeller. Hanna attended Western Reserve College but was expelled for a prank.
2. Hanna, who “had as much to do with the election of [President] Mr. Garfield as any single individual in the country,” oversaw Garfield’s body after it arrived in Cleveland following the assassination of the President. Hanna was also in charge of Garfield’s funeral arrangements and burial.
3. Hanna was instrumental in the election of William McKinley as President in 1896. A New York reporter wrote “Hanna and the others will shuffle and deal him [McKinley] like a pack of cards.” The campaign to elect McKinley, organized by Hanna, raised $3.5 million dollars- the largest election fundraising at that time. Hanna had been credited with the invention of the modern presidential campaign.
4. After winning the Presidency, McKinley offered the Secretary of State position to Senator John Sherman. Sherman accepted which led to Ohio Governor Asa Bushnell appointing Hanna in Senator Sherman’s place.
5. Hanna was no fan of Theodore Roosevelt. He once stated “Here’s this convention going headlong for Roosevelt for Vice President. Don’t any of you realize that there’s only one life between that madman and the Presidency? … What harm can he do as Governor of New York compared to the damage he will do as President if McKinley should die?” After the 1900 Republican Convention did indeed nominate Roosevelt to the ticket as McKinley’s Vice-President Hanna told President McKinley “Your duty to the country is to live for four years from next March.” McKinley won reelection and was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt assumed the Presidency.
James Beauchamp “Champ” Clark was the namesake of Clark National Forest in Missouri. A portion of this National Forest was located within the boundaries of Pulaski County, Missouri. In 1973 CNF was “administratively combined” with Mark Twain National Forest. In 1976 Clark National Forest was absorbed by Mark Twain National Forest. 39,177 acres of MTNF are located inside Pulaski County.
“Champ” Clark as photographed by Fred Hartsook circa 1915. Retrieved via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.
1. Clark was expelled from Kentucky University (now Transylvania University) after firing a pistol at one of his roommates in self-defense during a quarrel. Two years later he was invited to return but he chose Bethany College instead. He graduated first in his class in 1873
2. Clark fervently believed that a good speech needed to include information from literature and history. “The wealth of his biographical material, his quotations, and his historical allusions, as well as the manner in which he adapted them to his speeches” earned him the title the “Leather-Bound Orator.”
3. In 1911, while representing Missouri’s Ninth District in the United States House of Representatives Clark was elected Speaker of the House. Clark has been described as “a fiery orator, a challenging foe in debate, and a witty, but nonetheless perceptive spokesman for the Democratic party.” He remains the only Speaker of the House from the Show Me State.
4. Clark was a shoe-in for the 1912 Democratic Presidential nomination (and most likely the Presidency) until he wasn’t. Clark never received the two-thirds majority at the Baltimore Convention. After forty-six rounds of voting the nod went to Woodrow Wilson who was elected the twenty-eighth President of the United States.
5. Clark’s residence in Bowling Green, Missouri, nicknamed Honeyshuck, is a National Historic Landmark.