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Christmas Shopping in Callaway County: Hit the Bricks!

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  “It was my privilege to ride twice across the Kingdom of Callaway, and to talk with its hospitable inhabitants.” – Raymond Weeks, circa 1890 Over a century later Weeks words resonated with me as I toured Callaway County’s cities and villages. Fulton, the seat of Callaway County is a charming destination brimming with character and hospitable inhabitants- a perfect…

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McCutchen Theater at Charleston, Missouri

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McCutchen Theater at Charleston, Missouri has a rich history and strong ties to the town’s cultural heritage. It is eligible to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. McCutchen Theater at Charleston, Missouri has a rich history and strong ties to the town’s cultural heritage. It is eligible to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Red Moose Vineyard in Crawford County

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Have you ever went moose hunting in Missouri? I went two weekends ago and brought home a trophy bottle of Sweet Crater Red wine from Red Moose Vineyard located between Steelville and Salem in Crawford County, Missouri. The vineyard and winery is part of the newly designated Meramec River Wine Trail that features eight wineries in…

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Peaceful Bend Winery at Steelville, Missouri

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Peaceful Bend Winery’s iconic swiss styled chalet burned to the ground November 25, 2016. That might have been “game over” for some-but not for winemakers Clyde Gill & Katie Knott. The timing couldn’t have been much worse. The duo had already purchased their preferred Missouri grown grapes. Much of that crop was already being turned into…

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Plain & Fancy B&B in Arcadia Valley, Missouri

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Plain & Fancy Bed and Breakfast in Arcadia is nearly famous as a romantic getaway in one of Missouri’s most scenic settings- Arcadia Valley. Romance isn’t all this Victorian styled B&B offers though. Plain & Fancy Bed and Breakfast in Arcadia Valley, Missouri. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91. When Holly DeMaria greeted me…

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Immanuel Lutheran Church at Pilot Knob

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman The Population 91 team returned to the battlefield mid-morning of Sunday, September 24, 2017. At the entrance of Fort Davidson State Historic Site we turned the opposite direction, north, towards Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession at the corner of Pine and Ziegler streets in Pilot Knob. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for…

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Fulton's Brick District the day before the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91.

On Our Radar (Autumn 2017)

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman As I drove north to Jefferson City both Friday and Saturday I noticed that Mother Nature has began turning the page from summer to fall. Father Time reminded me that there is more to see and do in Missouri’s rural spaces than there are weekends left in the year. Here are our recommendations of places to…

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The Bank of Waynesville the morning after the robbery. A slab of steel was hurled through the large window at far right. Hundreds of citizens viewed the damage over the next three days. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell.

“Cussed and Discussed” The 1917 Waynesville Bank Robbery

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The following article first appeared in the 2017 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette published by the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation in Waynesville, Missouri. Each year the publication is provided free of charge, thanks to enthusiastic advertisers, in anticipation of the Old Settlers Day festival held in July. Past issues are available online at www.oldstagecoachstop.org. Pulaski County Tourism…

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Discovery’s “Darkness” Filmed in Pulaski County, Missouri

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman It’s easy to imagine that Discovery channel’s Nielsen ratings will be out of this world in Pulaski County, Missouri this Wednesday night. Following new episodes of “Naked and Afraid”, “Darkness” kicks off a two night survival event. The premiere episode was filmed at an undisclosed cave location in Pulaski County in the Ozark Mountains in early…

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Three Road Trip Worthy Burger Joints

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I am always on the lookout for a great hamburger when I am exploring the small towns of the Ozarks and beyond. I can be a very harsh critic when it comes to what lies between the buns. I’m not a huge fan of gimmick burgers, although my mouth does water at the thought of thick cut peppered bacon and sharp cheddar cheese toppings. But, I’ll skip the ketchup, mayonnaise, avocado, mustard. Keep the garden too. I’ll take a straight up, honest, authentic, hand-pattied, never frozen, burger please. Bonus points for hand cut fries.

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