Big BAM Day 3 Amusements, Attractions, & Sites of Significance

Big BAM cyclists will have pedaled almost 193 miles of Route 66 when arriving in Waynesville at the end of Day 3. Enhance your epic adventure with these one-of-a-kind Pulaski County experiences before saddling up for Day 4!

Downtown Waynesville Missouri

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B&B Theatres Waynesville Patriot 12: Waynesville’s newest movie house is as big as a whale! The Grand Screen is an impressive 62’ x 32’ making it larger than a humpback whale- and one of the largest screens in southern Missouri.

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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.

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum: The former Courthouse housed Pulaski County’s government offices over 85 years. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and began a second life as a museum after the current Pulaski County Courthouse was dedicated. The building was designed by Henry H. Hohenschild who served as Missouri State Architect in 1899. The National Park Service notes that “The irregular shape of the courthouse is interesting, especially the distinctive, square Italianate tower, or campanile, with arched windows on each side.” NPS continues “If you look up, you’ll notice that exposed rafters edge the bell tower’s roof. They are supported by a decorative corbel table – pieces of protruding, decorated stone provided to carry the weight of the roof above. This is worth noting for its lovely Italianate aspect right there in the middle of Missouri, the Show Me State.” They elaborate further “Inside, look for the original wooden frames around the windows and doors and the original Stromboli fan with wooden blades hanging in the old county clerk’s office. On the wooden stairway leading to the second floor, the original decorative spindle balustrade is just like it was in 1903. Once upstairs, visitors can see the original oak ceiling with exposed rafters and joints in the courtroom–an example of superb craftsmanship.”

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Old Stagecoach Stop Museum: Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Stagecoach Stop has been a fixture of Waynesville’s town Square since the late 1850’s. It first served as a stagecoach stop and during the Civil War it was commandeered as a hospital. The building has also been used as a hotel and an apartment building before falling into disuse and disrepair. It had sat empty and abandoned for almost twenty years when it was condemned in 1982 and slated for demolition. A heroic and determined group of citizens banded together to purchase, rehabilitate, and preserve the iconic structure- now one of Missouri’s Route 66 gems.

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Roubidoux Spring Cherokee Campsite: Discover the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears and honor the memory of those who suffered during the removal at the Roubidoux Spring Cherokee Campsite at Laughlin Park. Seven National Park Service interpretive markers document the forced removal of the Cherokee and other Native American tribes from their homelands. Laughlin Park is one of only seven certified Trail of Tears Historic sites in Missouri.

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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.)

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Freedom Rock: During September 2017 Iowa muralist Bubba Sorensen set up temporary headquarters on St. Robert Boulevard in Saint Robert, Missouri to create Missouri’s third Freedom Rock installation. His completed artwork is now one of St. Robert’s most photographed locations. His tribute to Pulaski County’s deep-seated military roots is guaranteed to stir the patriotism of all those who visit the Freedom Rock.

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Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center: Make a splash at Saint Robert’s Tiger Typhoon! More than a municipal swimming pool, TTAC has a current channel, lap lanes, and more!

Images of Pulaski County, Missouri on May 30th and 31st, 2017.

St. Robert’s Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center. Courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Bow & Barrel Sports Center: Bow and Barrel Sports Center is home to an indoor firearms range that has 7 individual shooting lanes. Shooters have a variety of 50+ rental guns to choose from including Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Ruger, Glock, Springfield, Kel-Tech, FN, HK, Kahr, and Walther. The center also offers outdoor archery.

Uranus Inc. occupies the former footprint of Route 66’s Mark Twain Motel & Restaurant. The center is home to Chicken Bones Party Bar and Grill (a Big BAM featured bar), a fudge factory and general store, 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.

World's Largest Belt Buckle at Uranus, Inc.

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Shuttle service will be available at Waynesville City Park to transport riders to and from amusements, attractions, and sites of significance.

Related Articles:

The City of Waynesville Welcomes Big BAM Riders
Big BAM Day 3 Host Hotels
Big BAM Day 3 Grub & Grog
Big BAM Day 3 RV Parks
Big BAM Day 3: More Fun Along the Route!

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Big BAM Day 3 RV Parks

Need a site for your RV at the end of Big BAM Day 3 in Waynesville? Reserve your space at one of these nearby RV Parks today!

Big BAM Day 3 RV Parks near Waynesville & Saint Robert

Lamplight Lane RV Resort
26215 Highway 17
Waynesville
573-774-2727
http://www.lamplightlanervresort.com
5.9 miles from Base Camp

Good Sam RV Park at Motel 6
14175 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573-336-3036
https://www.goodsam.com/campgrounds-rv-parks/details/default.aspx?cgid=210100052
6.4 miles from Base Camp

Roubidoux Spring Campground
160 Pippin Road
Waynesville
573-774-6171
http://www.waynesvillemo.org/rvpark.htm
.6 mile to Base Camp

Ruby’s Landing
22474 Restful Lane
Waynesville
573-855-9567
http://www.rubyslanding.com/rv-park
6.3 miles to Base Camp

Related Articles:

The City of Waynesville Welcomes Big BAM Riders
Big BAM Day 3 Host Hotels
Big BAM Day 3 Grub & Grog
Big BAM Day 3 Amusements, Attractions, & Sites of Significance
Big BAM Day 3: More Fun Along the Route!

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Big BAM Day 3 Grub & Grog

Missouri’s cities, towns, and villages are best explored at a leisurely pace. This comes as no surprise to Big BAM riders who revel in immersing themselves in the Show Me State’s scenic beauty as they tour the countryside on two wheels. At the end of each day riders delve into the overnight host city seeking local flavors, iconic landmarks, and community history. Waynesville’s featured eateries and drinkeries are sure to win you over with first-rate food, top-notch refreshing beverages, and an endless supply of hospitality and charm!

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EAT

Nona’s Kitchen
103 North Benton Street
Waynesville
573-774-2527

Nona's Kitchen on Route 66 in Waynesville

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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!

El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant
560 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573-336-4373

“Knock your socks off flavor!! Great service all the time! They make you feel like family!! Highly recommend!!!” -Julie B.

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday! In addition to tasty tacos, El Cabrito is known for their table-side guacamole. The restaurant offers a taco salad, seafood tacos, tacos supremos, and other Mexican favorites.

Paradise Deli/Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus
311 North Street
Suite 8
Waynesville
573-774-8422

“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/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.

Cellar 66 Wine Bar & Restaurant
115 North Benton Street
Suite 4
Waynesville
573-528-7675

“LOVE this place! I would give it more then 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. Tickle your taste buds with an ear of hot-off-the-grill fresh roasted sweet corn.

Sweetwater BBQ
14076 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573-336-8830

Sweetwater Barbecue on Route 66 near Fort Leonard Wood

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Beginning in the 1820’s industrious, enterprising men began floating rafts of railroad ties down the Big Piney River, into the Gasconade River, and downstream to Arlington. These rough and ready tie-rafters named landmarks along their journey. In Pulaski County, on land that is now part of Fort Leonard Wood, between Crooked Chute and Spring Creek Eddy was Sweet Water. Sweet Water was a long, swift stretch in the river. Rafters looked forward to this spot on the Big Piney because it was “sweet going”.

Today, folks look forward to a different type of sweet water- Sweetwater Bar-B-Que on historic Route 66 in Saint Robert- not far from the banks of the Big Piney River. Sweetwater shouldn’t be hard to find- let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot for a taste of the Ozarks.

DRINK

Hoppers Pub
318 Historic 66 East
Waynesville
573-774-0135

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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).

Chicken Bones Party Bar & Grill
14400 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573-336-5055

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Located on the footprint of the former Route 66 landmark Mark Twain Motel, Chicken Bones Party Bar & Grill is part of the Uranus complex. The entertainment center also features escape rooms, fudge factory, and a general store.

Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ
21050 Teardrop Road
Devils Elbow
573-336-5375

Elbow Inn at Devils Elbow Pulaski County Missouri

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Nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest, this historic Route 66 roadhouse has been a “gathering place” dating back to the late 1920’s. Eighty plus years later, travelers from around the world, continue to gather at this tavern to indulge in refreshing bottle of beer and socialize. Sit outside in the Biergarten and take in the views of the rustic Big Piney River, the dramatic limestone and dolomite bluffs, and the ninety plus year old through truss bridge. It is very likely that the voices that drift from inside will include a mix of languages- a testimony to Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ’s international appeal.

The TAP on Route 66
948 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573-336-1312

“The Bloody Mary’s have stolen my heart!”- Kellie L.

The TAP on Route 66, a “hang out joint,” is best enjoyed with a friend or two. Play trivia, throw darts, shoot pool, or compete during a GIANT game of Jenga! Wednesday is Blue Collar Day featuring well drink and draft beer specials. Try the house favorite Bloody Mary or Mom’s Margarita!

Z Loft Hotel Bar & Grill
127 Vickie Lynn Lane
Saint Robert
573-451-2676

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Z Bar & Grill brings a contemporary flair to the table. Cool off with a cold beverage at the bar in the stylish dining room or on the upbeat patio area. Z Bar & Grill prides themselves on their handcrafted specialty cocktails. Kick back with a Liquid Mary Jane, Hippie Juice, or Kentucky Lemonade or enjoy a classic Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri, or Pina Colada.

Shuttle service will be available at Waynesville City Park to transport riders to and from restaurants, bars, and attractions.

Related Articles:

The City of Waynesville Welcomes Big BAM Riders
Big BAM Day 3 Host Hotels
Big BAM Day 3 RV Parks
Big BAM Day 3 Amusements, Attractions, & Sites of Significance
Big BAM Day 3: More Fun Along the Route!

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Big BAM Day 3 Host Hotels

Big BAM riders are getting their kicks bicycling Missouri’s Route 66 June 17th through 22nd! The total route covers 310 miles averaging 62 miles a day. If you are one of the lucky riders on this epic two-wheeled five-day journey the end of Day 3 may find yourself in need of rejuvenation. When arriving at Waynesville you will have climbed 7,676 feet since leaving Joplin. Day 4 will also challenge your endurance with another 2,469 feet of climb. Luckily, Pulaski County’s host hotels are standing by to shower you in comfort and amenities to refresh your body & spirit before pedaling east 57.2 miles towards Cuba, Missouri. Free shuttles will be on location at Waynesville City Park to transport you to and from the lodging of your choice. Be sure to mention Big BAM when booking your accommodations to receive your rider discount! Indulge & reward yourself at one of these host hotels:

BAYMONT INN & SUITES

Baymont Inn & Suites at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-5050! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

Baymont Inn & Suites at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-5050! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

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LIBERTY LODGE

Liberty Lodge at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-3121! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

Liberty Lodge at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-3121! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

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STUDIO Z

Studio Z at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-3610! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

Studio Z at Saint Robert, MO. Book now by calling 573-336-3610! Mention Big BAM for your rider discount!

Related Articles:

The City of Waynesville Welcomes Big BAM Riders
Big BAM Day 3 Grub & Grog
Big BAM Day 3 RV Parks
Big BAM Day 3 Amusements, Attractions, & Sites of Significance
Big BAM Day 3: More Fun Along the Route!

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Extremicon 2018

Looking to nerd out near Fort Leonard Wood this summer? Extremicon 2018 at the St. Robert Community Center is the place to see and be seen at the beginning of June!

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Extremicon, Pulaski County, Missouri’s only comic convention, is in it’s second year- and growing!

We recently sat down with event organizer Gary Rogers to learn the top five reasons you should not miss this Extremicon.

(SPOILER– the list couldn’t be narrowed down to only five reasons!)

Carla Perez- The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fandom will be in force to meet and greet Rita Repulsa.

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Via IMDB.com

Sheri Ray– Ray, a corrections officer, appeared in season two of A&E’s 60 Days In as an undercover inmate. Her decision to return to Clark county jail as a corrections officer has inspired the spin off series 60 Days In: From Inmate to Officer.
JimmyZ Johnston– Comic book writer (The Tick, Micronauts, & Action Lab Comics’ Subspecies)
Wood’s Motorsports Club’s Car Show– Extremicon’s car show will be held June 2nd. Registration begins at Noon with judging at 2. Four categories: Best Truck, Best Car, Best Motorcycle, and Best of Show
Costume Contest– A comic con wouldn’t be a comic con without costumes! Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded!
Cosplay Models– Kitty Red, Lars Van Crafter, Kacey Lane Cosplay, Batgirl Pierce
Authors– Romance, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, & urban fantasy authors will be at Extremicon! Meet Samantha McMillan, Kenny Sills, Alison Merrit, Leigh Savage, Jae Byrd Wells, Jasmine Weaver, and Latasha & Matthew Lee.
Artists– David Faught, J.W. Curry, Ceasar Leo Crawford, Glen Paul Richardson, & Trustin Will Poling.
Social Media– Hawk Holman
Cosplay Contest, Martial Arts, Celebrity Panels, Vendors, Games, Giveaways, & More!

June 1-3 Extremicon 2018 Extremicon Car Show