Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is named in honor of United States Army officer Leonard Wood.
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.
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.
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.
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 free turn-by-turn guide can be preordered by contacting Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573-336-6355 or via email at email@example.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.
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center
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!
Experience Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66! The legendary Main Street of America will lead you to:
• Ozark Mountain scenic wonders
• engineering marvels
• nostalgic roadhouses and diners
• chef-owned restaurants
• trophy trout streams & feisty smallmouth bass fishing
• countless acres of Mark Twain National Forest to explore
• canoeing and kayaking on the Big Piney & Gasconade rivers
• antique and boutique shopping
• museums and more!
Devils Elbow, long known for its rugged beauty and plentiful fishing, is an Instagram worthy destination. Don’t miss the Sugar Bowl bluff, Shelden’s Market & Post Office, the world-famous Elbow Inn, and the 1923 steel two-span through truss bridge. Nearby Hooker Cut was once the deepest cut ever made for road construction.
1923 Route 66 Bridge, Devils Elbow
Saint Robert, established in 1951, celebrates its roots as the gateway to Fort Leonard Wood with several military monuments and memorials placed through-out the town. The City commissioned mural painter Bubba Sorenson to create a stunning, patriotic Freedom Rock on St. Robert Boulevard in 2017. Grab a take-out lunch from the retro 1950’s Route 66 Diner and picnic at George M. Reed Roadside Park. The park is one of only two remaining roadside parks on Route 66 in Missouri. It is also the future home of the Route 66 Neon Park. Looking for lodging? From branded nationwide hotels to mom and pop Route 66 motels to Airbnb rentals, Saint Robert has you and your family covered!
Saint Robert, Missouri
The quirky and whimsical Frog Rock cheerfully greets you as you descend into Waynesville, the county seat. The charming town square hosts two museums- Old Stagecoach Stop and Route 66 Courthouse Museum. The Henry H. Hohenschild designed courthouse served Pulaski County citizens from 1903 until 1989. Both museums are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public (limited hours) April through September. Photographers and artists will be drawn to many buildings that line Route 66 in town. History buffs and nature lovers will want to tour Laughlin Park’s Trail of Tears Memorial and Roubidoux Spring. Driving an RV? Stay at the city’s Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park. Dining, shopping, and trophy trout fishing are all within walking distance of the campground!
Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
Route 66 isn’t the only timeless path through Pulaski County. Highway 133, designated in the 1930’s follows a military trail that was blazed during the Civil War. During 1869 the Southwest Pacific Railroad (later the Frisco Railroad) laid tracks along this route and Dixon, Crocker, and Richland were born. Today, these former boom towns are home to unique eats, historic architecture, Midwestern charm, and fun festivals.
Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
Some people say that Pulaski County is always celebrating something. They’re right! Families love Old Settlers Day (July), Railroad Days (August), Cow Days (September), and county fairs in both Saint Robert and Richland in June. Numerous other festivals, events, performances, rodeos, and tournaments attract visitors from across the United States to Pulaski County each year.
For Old Settlers Day information and details visit www.route66courthouse.com.
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