The City of Waynesville Welcomes Big BAM Riders!

Big BAM riders will receive a hearty welcome when arriving at Waynesville for the conclusion of Day 3. The charming community nestled in a picturesque Ozark Mountain valley has a reputation for hospitality.

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First settled in 1832 when G.W. Gibson made his home near the “Big Spring” on the Kickapoo Trace, Waynesville is named for Revolutionary War hero “Mad” Anthony Wayne. The seat of Pulaski County, the town has a vibrant, historic downtown that is infused with arts, entertainment, great food, culture, and Midwestern hospitality with small-town Americana charm.

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Big BAM base camp is at Waynesville City Park which lies along the banks of the Roubidoux River. Take a stroll on the paved walking trail to splash in the Roubidoux Spring. Local legend states that if you dip your toes in the cool, clear spring water that you will make your way back to Waynesville in the future. Mayor Luge Hardman invites and encourages you to test the legend!

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As you ramble along the trail you will discover National Park Service interpretive signage depicting the tragic Trail of Tears. The 1923 five-span concrete arch bridge will have you reaching for your camera. It’s not the only spot in town for fantastic photo opportunities though! (Tip- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau will have free Waynesville Walking Tour brochures as well as a complimentary Route 66 guide on hand. You can find them on Vendor Row in Waynesville City Park.)

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Explore downtown’s historic square and you will be rewarded with unique eats, drinks, and museums. Taste the Bavarian Alps at Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus/Paradise Deli. Hideaway with friends on the comfy couches at Cellar 66 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Nona’s Kitchen, housed in an iconic Route 66 building, dishes up filling, home-style nourishment. Hoppers Pub features 66 draft beers on tap.

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Courtesy of Hoppers Pub

Pulaski County Museum is housed in the former 1903 Courthouse. One of only two remaining period courthouses on Route 66 in Missouri, this structure served residents of Pulaski County for well over 80 years. The building was designed by noted architect Henry H. Hohenschild. The upstairs courtroom is a pristine example of craftsmanship. The Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, also located on the Square, began in the 1850’s as a double pen log building on the St. Louis to Springfield stage route. During the Civil War the building was commandeered by the occupying Union force as a hospital. Both museums are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Several eras of Waynesville's history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Several eras of Waynesville’s history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Shop your way around town! You will find antique stores, boutiques, gift shops, souvenir shops, a music store, an art gallery, and even a (scuba) dive shop! Many merchants will gladly arrange to ship your new-found treasures home for you.

Draw or paint a picture of Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Buses will be available at Waynesville City Park to shuttle Big BAM riders around town.

Scoot back to basecamp for live entertainment under the stars. 399th Army Band will rock the bandstand before Two-Bit Steve takes the stage at 6 p.m.

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Two-Bit Steve. Image courtesy of Two-Bit Steve.

The City of Waynesville hopes that our community captures your heart just as the natural beauty of the area captured George W. Gibson, over 175 years ago.

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Pulaski-County-Tourism_colorPowered in part by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel transient guest tax, promotes tourism throughout the county and markets their destination to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. 

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Leonard Wood

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is named in honor of United States Army officer Leonard Wood.

General Leonard Wood, via Wikimedia Commons.

General Leonard Wood, via Wikimedia Commons.

1. Wood served as personal physician to Presidents Grover Cleveland and William McKinley.
2. Wood, and future president Theodore Roosevelt, organized the Rough Riders, “one of the most unique army units the world has ever seen.” The unit was comprised of “western fighters and bronco-busters.”
3. While Military Governor of Cuba (1898-1902) Wood sanctioned Walter Reed, a U.S. Army physician, to carry out experiments that confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. Wood called the conquest of yellow fever “worth the cost of the war, and probably the most important (advance) in the field of medicine since the discovery of the vaccination.”
4. Wood received the literary wrath of popular American author Mark Twain after the First Battle of Bud Dajo, also known as the Moro Crater Massacre.
5. Wood, on former President Roosevelt’s recommendation, ran for the 1920 Republican Party presidential nomination. Warren G. Harding prevailed and went on to win the presidency.

Sources:
http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org
The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio), 6 January 1919
http://www.ralphmag.org/EC/yellow-fever.html
Samuel Clemens, “Comments on the Moro Massacre” (12 March 1906)

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Anthony Wayne

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Waynesville, Missouri is named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Anthony Wayne.

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1. Wayne once requested his own court martial proceedings- to clear his name. After due consideration, the court unanimously decided that Wayne “did every duty that could be expected from an active, brave and vigilant officer, under the orders which he then had. The Court do acquit him with the highest honor.” Washington heartily approved the verdict.
2. Brigadier General “Mad” Anthony Wayne commanded his troops in a daring nighttime assault at Stony Point, New York. The British were soundly defeated, and the American victory boosted the Continental Army’s morale.
3. Wayne is remembered for stating “Issue the orders Sir, and I will storm hell.”
4. In 1882 the monument at Wayne’s second burial spot at Radnor, Pennsylvania was defaced by relic hunters- a “decided nuisance.”
5. Wayne was first buried near the place of his death at Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1809 his son decided to have him reburied closer to the old homestead in Eastern Pennsylvania and directed a physician to complete the task. On opening the grave, the body was found in “a good state of preservation.” Concerned about decay during the return trip, the doctor, who was expecting to find only a pile of bones in the coffin, boiled the body parts until only the skeletal remains remained. The physician then reburied the knives, the iron kettle, and the fleshy remains in the original burial spot. He then returned to Radnor, PA to rebury the bones at the new grave. A newspaper article relaying the story reported “So General Anthony Wayne is honored with a twofold burial, his flesh in Erie and his bones in Eastern Pennsylvania.” Oral history also tells that not all the hero’s bones made it to their final resting place in Radnor- some bouncing out along the way. Legend recounts that the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne travels the old road between the two points looking for his lost bones.

Sources:

http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/served/wayne.html
St. Joseph Weekly Herald (St. Joseph, Missouri) 13 July 1882
The Weston Democrat (Weston, West Virginia) 23 October 1880
https://www.historyisfun.org/blog/mad-anthony-waynes-bones

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts- Casimir Pulaski

Pulaski County Missouri History and Heroes

Pulaski County, Missouri is named in honor of Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski, more commonly known as Casimir Pulaski.

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

  1. Pulaski saved George Washington’s life during the Battle of Brandywine. The battle was Pulaski’s very first engagement with the British.
  2. The cornerstone of the Casimir Pulaski monument in Savannah, Georgia was laid by General Marquis de Lafayette in 1825.
  3. In 2009, 230 years after his death, Congress and President Obama proclaimed Pulaski an honorary United States citizen.
  4. The annual Pulaski Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City has been a tradition for 80 years, beginning in 1937.
  5. Pulaski is often recognized as the “Father of the American Cavalry.”

Sources:
https://www.congress.gov/111/plaws/publ94/PLAW-111publ94.htm
http://www.pulaskiparade.org/
https://www.nps.gov/fopu/learn/historyculture/casimir-pulaski.htm

History & Heroes: Five Fast Facts is an occasional series of interesting facts regarding namesakes and historical figures in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau releases expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau releases expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure.

Saint Robert, MO- March 28, 2018

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles is delighted to announce her team has expanded the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure. The free guide, first offered in 2001, now includes 66+ points of interest, 10 detour worthy side trips, and 7 roadie inspired tips to enhance your Route 66 experience in Pulaski County, Missouri.

The brochure takes inspiration from Jack D. Rittenhouse’s 1946 A Guide Book to Highway 66 and is adapted from Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri (a local history) by noted Route 66 historian and author, Terry Primas. The updated version includes 20+ vintage Route 66 postcards, almost triple the prior amount. The images were provided by John F. Bradbury, Jr. Collection and noted Route 66 author and aficionado Joe Sonderman. The expansion project was managed by Tourism Bureau content creator Laura Huffman. Huffman is also a local historian and life-long Route 66 enthusiast. She remarked that the guide was produced “by a Route 66 fan for Route 66 fans. It’s a keepsake.”

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the booklet, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. The brochure also details Waynesville’s significance to Route 66 as the “Birthplace of the Byway.”

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. Image courtesy of Joe Sonderman/www.66postcards.com.

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. Image courtesy of Joe Sonderman. www.66postcards.com.

The turn-by-turn directions guide visitors, travelers, tourists, and roadies to Route 66 alignments that date to the 1920’s, 1930’s, & 1940’s. Pulaski County’s boundaries include 33 miles of drivable Mother Road.

Wiles says, “the Bureau’s expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure is being released just as Route 66 fans begin hitting the legendary road to tour, explore, and discover.” She noted that the complimentary guide also includes driving tours of historic Fort Leonard Wood and of the former Frisco Railroad line through Dixon, Crocker, and Richland. She also noted that the beefed-up pamphlet is an example of Pulaski County’s tourism dollars at work. “The brochure is designed to engage Route 66 travelers with our Route 66 communities, namely, Devils Elbow, Saint Robert, Waynesville, Laquey, and Gascozark.”

The updated guide has been submitted to the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s magazine, Show Me Route 66, for inclusion in an upcoming issue.

The free turn-by-turn guide can be preordered by contacting Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573-336-6355 or via email at email@pulaskicountyusa.com. It will also be distributed to Pulaski County businesses that cater to travelers along the route. Pulaski County residents can pick up a copy at the Visitors Center at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel guest tax, promotes tourism throughout the county and markets their destination to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. The Bureau has actively promoted Route 66 to the traveling public for nearly twenty years.

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center
Executive Director
Beth Wiles
573-336-6355
bethw@pulaskicountyusa.com

UPDATE: 

17 April 2018

The expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochures have arrived hot off the printer’s press!  The Tourism Bureau will begin shipping copies for those who pre-ordered Wednesday, 18 April 2018. If you are in the area feel free to stop by the Visitors Center in Saint Robert to claim yours!

Hot off the printer's press! Order yours today!

Hot off the printer’s press! Order yours today!