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Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Content creator for Traveler, Historian, Explorer, Discoverer, Storyteller, Blogger, Wanderer, Ozarkian, Ingress Resistance Agent, Master Naturalist, Caver, Persimmon Picker

Historic Charleston, MO- First Steps into the Louisiana Purchase

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The history that surrounds this small town in the Upper Delta Region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley makes Charleston a worthy stop any time of year.

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Charleston- you are a grand lady and a gracious host! Your Dogwood Azalea 🌺 Festival is one of our favorite things! Thank You for the splendid memories!

Charleston’s 49th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival

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Although I had checked in Friday afternoon for the 49th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival I couldn’t get enough of this small town in the Upper Delta Region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley.

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A Historical Historic Event- America’s Holy Trinity of Conservation

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An event that markets itself as “A Historical Historic Event” is bound to catch my attention. As a self-avowed history geek I sure am glad that it did. America’s Holy Trinity of Conservation is one of my most anticipated events of 2017. I had never imagined that I would have the opportunity to meet Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Henry…

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Downtown Saint James, Missouri. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91.

Missouri’s Route 66 Gems: Saint James & Waynesville

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We seek out the timelessness of the Mother Road. The byway promises a return to a simpler, unhurried time. But in our quest to find each Route 66 relic and artifact we rush past the smaller towns that provided the fibrous material that formed the cross country highway which connected us all. By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman I have deep affection,…

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International tractor at Ozark Agriculture Museum. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91.

Ozark Agriculture Museum at Maramec Spring Park

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By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Because kids (of all ages) love tractors & farm implements! You’ve most likely heard of, or even visited Maramec Spring Park. The park is located southeast of St. James, Missouri on Highway 8. You may have fed the trout, taken pictures of the old iron works, fished the stream, or walked around it’s landmark spring. However,…

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Population 91’s “3 For 17”

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by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Population 91 will be hitting the highways and back roads of the Ozarks and Missouri in 2017 to bring you stories of unique festivals, forgotten histories, one of a kind museums, and Mother Nature’s scenic wonders. Here are our most anticipated events for the next year: 49th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival April 20-23, 2017 Charleston, Mississippi County,…

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Population 91’s Missouri State Park Wish List

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by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman Missouri is teeming with scenic wonders, unique geologic features, and historic locations that elevate their value to all Missourians. Here is our list of five of those locations. Missouri is abuzz with the news that the state is planning three new state parks- Ozark Mountain State Park, Bryant Creek State Park, and Eleven Point State Park.…

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A Weekend Isn’t Enough in Farmington, Missouri

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During a weekend stay in Farmington, Missouri, my mother and I quickly learned that we ran out of weekend before we ran out of things to see and do! Bolduc House Museum. Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91 Last weekend my mother and I took a weekend road trip to explore Ste. Genevieve and Castor River Shut-Ins. My…

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Stella and Me Cafe- Review Preview

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Read our Stella and Me Cafe review here first! Worth The Wait! After touring Ste. Genevieve’s Buldoc House Museum and the Bolduc-LeMeilleur House my mother and I headed to Stella and Me Cafe at 1:00 p.m. for a light lunch. The restaurant is housed in the lower half of a former residence constructed in 1853 for Henry Wilder. When we…

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3 Iconic Ozark Mountain River Views That You Have to See in Person!

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Whether you are a nature lover, a photographer, or just a fan of majestic scenery you should file these under “You have to see it to believe it!” What’s your favorite scenic spot in the Ozarks? Castor River Shut-Ins: Home to Missouri’s only pink granite shut-ins. From Fredericktown take Highway 72 east about three miles to Highway J. Turn left…

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