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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Vignoles
Waynesville Square
Anyone remember that song? Composed in 1946, it has been recorded by many artists since Nat King Cole first sang it. (Hear his version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYApJtsyd). Today, not only Americans share a fascination with this nostalgic piece of Americana. Wherever I talk to people along Route 66, they always mention the number of international visitors who are following at least part of the historic route.
I recently attended the NSS Convention (cavers) in Pulaski County, MO, and spent several days relishing Route 66 history. My husband and I took in the historical sites as well as the fun and unique attractions.
We toured the Old Stagecoach Stop on the Waynesville square. Built before the Civil War, this building has functioned as a stagecoach stop, a wartime hospital and a hotel before it was finally condemned. Check its history at www.oldstagecoachstop.org.
Devil's Elbow, MO
We sampled wines and ate a delicious dinner at Cellar 66 on the Waynesville Square with Karen Hood and Laura Huffman from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. (By the way, I found a Missouri wine I really like - Vignoles by Hermannoff).
We visited the Trail of Tears Monument on the National Historical Trail. Small groups of Cherokee rested and camped here during their forced trek westward. (http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2015/07/trail-of-tears-national-historic-trail.html).
Near old trestle railroad bridge
If you're looking for the unique, travel the original road to Devil's Elbow. The town gets its name from a bend in the Big Piney River. Drive the backroads here to discover the Ozarks beauty. Turn left before the old 1923 bridge. You'll find the old Shelden's Market. If you follow that road, you go under an old trestle railroad bridge.
The town's restaurant, the Elbow Inn traces its history back to the 1930s when it was opened as the Munger Moss Sandwich Shop. The Munger Moss later relocated to Lebanon and that hotel is another great stop on Route 66. Today it operates at the unique Elbow Inn. Try their barbecue or the famous Taterburger. Oh, and be sure to check the ceiling above the bar.
I hope I've given you a taste of Route 66 in Pulaski Country. There's much more and it's definitely a fun adventure. Visit http://visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66.asp for more info.


Sheldon's Market, Devil's Elbow






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