Travels 2016: Showing off great attractions in Missouri

History and beauty topped our visits to Missouri during 2016. From the days of Lewis and Clark to beautiful art, we enjoyed our stops in Kansas City, St. Joseph, as well as Pulaski County. Pulaski County ranks high on my list of fun trips. We took in the Civil War, Route 66, an old railroad […]

Civil War reenactment highlights Pulaski County’s Old Settlers Day celebration

Waynesville, Missouri, likely saw more Civil War action during its recent Old Settlers Day than it did during the actual Civil War in the 1860s. Pulaski County, which Waynesville is the county seat, experienced skirmishes between the Union Army and Confederate soldiers and sympathizers. The Union army actually operated a fort atop a hill overlooking […]

History runs through Pulaski County, Missouri

More than 100,000 Native Americans were forced from their homes in the southeastern United States and marched thousands of miles to “Indian territory” (now Oklahoma) in the late 1830s. This forced migration has been known as the “Trail of Tears.” The march found its way along the Roubidoux Creek in Waynesville, Missouri. Natives camped here […]

St. Louis’ Jefferson Barracks museum, cemetery offer look at American history

Civil War history has always intrigued me. I admit I am far from an expert on anything related to the war, but I enjoy learning about its events and players. One such player was Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis. The fort opened for business in 1826, replacing another fort along the Mississippi River. Explorer William […]

Fort Smith Park offers view of Civil War history in St. Joseph

St. Joseph was seen as a strategic stronghold during the Civil War. The city in northwest Missouri was considered a gateway to the west via railroads, central location for pioneers headed west and a port on the Missouri River. With its importance determined for the Union, Fort Smith was built on Prospect Hill in 1861. […]

Driving through the Civil War in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau was a Union stronghold during the Civil War. The area had its Confederate sympathizers, but the vast majority of the region was pro-Union. In fact, the Union defended Cape Girardeau from a Confederate attack April 26, 1863. The four-hour artillery exchange became known as the “Battle of Cape Girardeau.” Once the fighting stopped, […]

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