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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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The 1909 Peoria, Illinois Balloon Race

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The modern interstate system has made the trip from Peoria, Illinois to Dixon, Missouri possible in just a little more than four and a quarter hours. During 1909 that trip took H. Eugene Honeywell, and George E. Smith just over 17 hours- in a balloon.

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Did this beaver felt hat belong to James Handy Moore's brother, Paul? Image by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman for Population 91

Historic Charleston, MO- The Moore Home

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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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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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Jeri and her husband, Tom, at the final resting place of Tom's great grandparents, Peter Keefer Talbott and Anna Wright Talbott, in Jackson County, Illinois.

An Ancestral Discovery in Ava, Illinois

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One never knows what mysteries may lie under the weeds and dead tree branches of a very old family graveyard, or the circumstances of the lives and deaths of those who rest there.

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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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