Last year I had the good fortune to visit Pulaski County several times. The last time - in the fall - we conducted a "history crawl" for writers to learn and write about the places and stories they saw.
I'm headed back there on June 11-12 to launch an anthology created out of the event. But that's not all. Every time I go, I fall more in love with the area and its people. If you've never stopped there, you're missing some of the most fun-loving folks you'll ever meet.
|Trail of Tears Memorial|
|Old Stagecoach Stop Museum|
Digging even deeper into history, I like to visit the Old Stagecoach Stop and learn about pioneer days. Check out my previous article on the museum at http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2015/08/the-old-stagecoach-stop-in-waynesville.html. History lovers will also want to visit the museum complex at Ft. Leonard Wood.
The eras of transportation determined the welfare of the cities and the residents. Pulaski County has a history from Indian trails, the old "wire" road in the days of the telegraph, a stagecoach route and more. http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2016/03/transportation-changes-everything.html.
|Cellar 66 wine|
Of course I love to eat and the county offers plenty of options from down-home country cookin' and a Route 66 Diner to a variety of ethnic foods. Thirsty? Stop for a beer at Hoppers or have a glass of wine at Cellar 66, both on the Waynesville Square. With a steady stream of visitors to Ft. Leonard Wood, the area has stepped up to the plate with restaurants and hotels.
Next time you're traveling through Missouri, put Pulaski County on your "gotta visit" list. Stop at the tourism bureau in St Robert (just off I-44) and introduce yourself. They'll be happy to meet you.