There’s More Than You Thought in Pulaski County!

Whether you are visiting Pulaski County, Missouri to attend a military graduation at Fort Leonard Wood, traveling and exploring Route 66, paddling and fishing our Ozark Mountains streams, or simply basking in the splendor of our lush Ozarks backdrop and panoramic views, you will discover that there is more than you thought in Pulaski County USA!

Four time Emmy Award winner and Instagram Husband Jeff Houghton learns that there is more than you thought in Pulaski County, Missouri! Jeff discovers small town quirky charm, befriends local rapper LL Cool Gray and scubas the land! Featuring a special appearance by Bruce.

Pulaski County Visitors Center

Your FUN Headquarters for Fort Leonard Wood and the heart of the Ozarks!
Your FUN headquarters for Fort Leonard Wood and the heart of the Ozarks!

Make Pulaski County Visitors Center your first stop! Our friendly team will make you feel at home. Their knowledge of Pulaski County’s communities will have you navigating the area like a local!

The Visitors Center is packed with brochures, maps, information, and local restaurant menus. It is well-known along Missouri’s Interstate 44 corridor for its clean restrooms, complimentary coffee, and free wi-fi.

Our Visitors Center is helpful before you arrive as well! Order your Visitors Guide to plan your trip ahead of time. This guide is stuffed with useful tips, lodging information, and inspiring activity ideas.

More Than You Thought!

While touring Pulaski County you will discover intriguing attractions, museums, and historic sites. Find your next treasure at unique boutiques and antique stores.

Old Stagecoach Stop in downtown Waynesville, Missouri
Tour the Old Stagecoach Stop!
Pulaski County Museum on Route 66 in downtown Waynesville, Missouri
Explore the Pulaski County Museum!

You won’t go hungry here! Grab some pub grub or comfort food from a Mom & Pop eatery. Tour and taste the globe at a one-of-a-kind German, Greek, or Korean restaurant. Sample craft beers at a taproom or tavern. Nationally recognized chains also call Pulaski County home.

Don’t be surprised to stumble upon a fun festival or one of our family-friendly signature events during your visit!  

Small Towns, Big Personalities!

Explore Pulaski County with confidence! Our Historic Driving Tours brochure will guide you through our Route 66 communities of Hooker, Devils Elbow, Grandview, Saint Robert, Waynesville, Buckhorn, Laquey, and Gascozark. This brochure also includes a turn-by-turn driving tour of our railroad boomtown communities of Dixon, Hancock, Crocker, Swedeborg, and Richland. A driving tour of Fort Leonard Wood’s historic highlights is featured in this free brochure as well.

The Waynesville Walking Tour brochure highlights historic points of interest in and around the downtown area. This brochure is complimentary.

Ask for both brochures when you request your Official Visitors Guide or pick up a copy of each at our Visitors Center in Saint Robert. Many area restaurants and businesses keep copies on hand for visitors.

DEVILS ELBOW NAMED BEST ROUTE 66 LOCATION

Inaugural Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

Devils Elbow Steel Bridge Route 66 Pulaski County Missouri
The iconic Devils Elbow bridge over the Big Piney river delivers travelers into the historic village of Devils Elbow, Missouri.

SAINT ROBERT, MO, March 12— Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has been notified by Missouri Life Magazine that Devils Elbow, Missouri has been awarded the title of Best Route 66 Location. The publication’s inaugural 2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards received over 800 nominations for more than 120 award categories. Over 35,000 votes were counted to name winners. The magazine encourages its readers to explore its award-winning locations in 2020.

The “Destinations” category awarded Route 66 as best motorcycle route and stretch of highway, with Devils Elbow getting the nod as Best Route 66 Location.  

Devils Elbow, in Pulaski County, is located approximately 125 miles west of Saint Louis and 160 miles east of Joplin. The scenic village is hugged by the Big Piney river and its landscape is decorated by dramatic limestone bluffs that were once declared to be one of “Missouri’s beauty spots.” Multitudes of Route 66 enthusiasts from around the globe trek to Devils Elbow and its centerpiece bridge each year.

Family taling a selfie with Devils Elbow Bridge as backdrop

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles commented, “The bridge is a Route 66 treasure. It’s always heartwarming to see tourists walking across the bridge and taking pictures of the bluffs and river below.” Wiles continued, “The village is more than just a summer road trip destination. Every winter residents decorate the bridge for Christmas and the result is magical!”

Christmas lights adorn Devils Elbow bridge over the Big Piney river
Photo courtesy of Shawn Helgerson

The bridge, along with several other buildings and structures were designated by the National Register of Historic Places April 17, 2017, as the Devils Elbow Historic District.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau encourages travelers to request the Bureau’s free Historic Driving Tours brochure when ordering the official Pulaski County Visitors Guide. The brochure includes turn-by-turn directions, vintage images, and historic information for Route 66 through Pulaski County, Missouri.

Mountain Man Experience

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day & Rendezvous

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Have a Mountain Man Experience during Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader’s Fun Day & Rendezvous. The roots of traditional mountain man rendezvous reach back almost two hundred years!

In 1822, Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry formed Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Ashley devised a plan to connect trappers and traders. They would meet each year at a predetermined location to exchange furs, goods, and money. This system came to be known as the rendezvous system. The Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held for fifteen years, beginning in 1825.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Bob Stormer describes the importance of the rendezvous to the trappers and traders:

“Since the mountain men primarily survived by trapping, they needed a way to sell their furs without having to travel back east. The rendezvous provided them with a fairly convenient way to sell them. It also provided a source for them to resupply their necessities such as powder and lead balls, and food staples.”

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous would have been a much anticipated event for those attending. A chance to socialize and prove themselves in games of might, chance, and precision. Occasionally tourists from as far as Europe would make the trek to attend the rendezvous festivities. James Beckwourth, a fur trader and author, described a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous as “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic.”

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous went the way of America’s fur trade and the beaver hat, but Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are committed to keeping the rendezvous traditions and memory alive. Each April, on the last Saturday, the club invites the public to have a Mountain Man Experience during their Rendezvous/Trade Fair & Fun Day. This year’s event will be held April 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Trace Club near Dixon. Admittance is free.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Experience

Visitors will have a mountain man experience during the Fun Day & Rendezvous! The event will include shooting, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and blacksmithing. The grounds will be filled with the sounds of laughter, logs being hewn, and the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil. Members of the club will be dressed in fringed buckskin and other period clothing and furs will hang on lodge poles. The aroma of “vittles” being prepared in a traditional dutch oven will hang in the air—and make your stomach growl.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Club members will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of black powder rifle firing. Experience this hands-on by giving it a try yourself! Visitors will also have the opportunity to throw a tomahawk for bragging rights. Hint: step forward when throwing and end with your hand pointing at the target.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous is a family-friendly event. Stormer states that it would “make an excellent field trip” for homeschool families. The event is chock full of history, biology/mammalogy, science, and fun!

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (March 9, 2020-March 15, 2020)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA

March 13, 14, & 15- PFAA presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”
What: Live theater
Where: Theater on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sunday matinee curtain 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.842.7278
https://www.pfaa-tots.com

The Diary of Anne Frank at Theater on the Square

March 14- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round Farmers’ Market!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Pulaski County Farmers Market

Looking Ahead:

Ten Events to Add to Your 2020 Calendar
Three More Events to Add to Your 2020 Calendar

March 20 & 21- PFAA presents “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Waynesville
March 21 & 28- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
March 27 & 28- Kickin’ It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge, Saint Robert
Kickin It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge KCBS Sanctioned
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
April 4- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Waynesville
Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
April 18- 2nd Annual Hanna Hills Open, Laquey
Hanna Hills Open Laquey Missouri
April 18- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
April 25- Mountain Man Experience, Dixon
Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Experience
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
May 16- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
Frisco Depot Museum Crocker Missouri
May 22, 23, 24, & 25- Mid America Freedom Rally, Buckhorn
Mid America Freedom Rally Buckhorn Missouri
June 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, & 20- PFAA presents “Always A Bridesmaid,” Waynesville
Always A Bridesmaid Theater on the Square
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
Old Stagecoach Museum On the Square Waynesville Missouri
June 13- FreedomFest, Waynesville
June 17, 18, 19, & 20- Pulaski County Regional Fair, Saint Robert
Pulaski County Regional Fair Saint Robert Missouri
June 20- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
June 20 & 21- Cave State Cruisers 33rd Annual Car Show, Waynesville
Cave State Cruisers Car Show Waynesville Missouri
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
July 18- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
July 25 & 26- 40th Annual Old Settlers Days, Waynesville
Old Settlers Days Waynesville Missouri
July 31 & August 1- Schwagstock 49, Waynesville
Schwagstock 49 Waynesville Missouri
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
1903 Courthouse Museum on Route 66 Waynesville Missouri
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
August 15- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
August 28 & 29- PFAA presents “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Waynesville
Something Wicked This Way Comes Theater on the Square Waynesville Missouri
September 4, 5, 6, 11, & 12- PFAA presents “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Waynesville
September 4 & 5- Midwest Bearfest 2020, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
Haunted River Float Waynesville Missouri
September 5- 48th Annual Railroad Days, Crocker
Railroad Days Crocker Missouri
September 18 & 19- 37th Annual Cow Days, Dixon
Cow Days Festival Dixon Missouri
September 18, 19, & 20- Missouri Trappers Association Fall Rendezvous, Saint Robert
September 19- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
October 2, 3, 9, 19, 17, 24, & 31- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
October 3- Frog Hill Half-Marathon & 10K, Waynesville
Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K Waynesville Missouri
October 3- Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race, Waynesville
Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race Waynesville Missouri
October 10- Route 66 Challenge, Pulaski County
Route 66 Challenge Pulaski County Missouri
October 10- Oktoberfest On The Square, Waynesville
Oktoberfest on the Square Waynesville Missouri
October 17- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
October 24- Trunk or Treat, Crocker
Trunk or Treat Crocker Missouri
November 7, 14, 21, & 28- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
November 11- Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade, Waynesville
Veterans Day Parade Waynesville Missouri
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, & 19- PFAA presents “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” Waynesville
December 5, 12, 19, & 26- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
December 6- Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade, Waynesville
Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade Waynesville Missouri
December 6- Christmas on Main Street & Lighted Christmas Parade, Crocker
Christmas on Main Street Crocker Missouri

Missouri Trappers Association Plans 2020 Fall Rendezvous in Pulaski County

Kelly Turner
District 6 Director
Missouri Trappers Association
573-778-6358
turner.kelly1974@gmail.com

For Immediate Release:

Missouri Trappers Association plans 2020 Fall Rendezvous in Pulaski County

MTA will hold the 2020 Fall Rendezvous September 18-20, 2020 in St. Robert, Missouri. The event, which will be held at the Pulaski County Fairgrounds and St. Robert Community Center, will introduce an educational and fun convention of trapping demonstrations from the best trappers in the state and vendors to supply all trapping needs.

There will be hourly demos, a variety of vendors, trap setting contests, skillet toss and a washer tournament on Friday night.  Additionally, a fish fry is scheduled for Friday and a pork lunch on Saturday. This event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

To register as a vendor, reserve camping or general questions about the event contact Kelly Turner at 573-778-6358. Visit Pulaski County’s Places to Stay page for information on area cabins, hotels, motels and vacation homes. For additional information visit the Missouri Trappers Association Facebook Page.

Mask will be available at the registration table.

###

https://www.missouritrappers.com/

About MISSOURI TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION- UTILIZING OUR ABUNDANT MISSOURI WILDLIFE

The Missouri Trappers Association’s mission is to preserve the heritage and profession of the fur trapper, create mutual understanding and goodwill with groups or individuals by practicing and teaching the skills that will conserve and maintain a balance of nature without misuse,and provide for the harvesting of renewable resources.