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Crocker: Remembering The Railroads
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Come on down to Pulaski County USA located in America’s Heartland! Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, which for the longest time was nicknamed Fort Lost in the Woods. We may have that small town feel, but we are growing and trying to lose ...
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No Longer Lost in the Woods: Pulaski County USA
Come on down to Pulaski County USA located in America’s Heartland! Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, which for the longest time was nicknamed Fort Lost in the Woods. We may have that small town feel, but we are growing and trying to lose that “lost” image! Join us every Thursday as we publish a new blog about all of the fun and exciting things we have to do in our unique little spot in Missouri!

Whether you are planning a family vacation, girls getaway, man-cation, attending a military graduation, or just passing by…we guarantee you will love it here! Our rich history and outdoorsy atmosphere makes for great adventures! Visit one of five Museums in the county, travel Route 66 and explore 33 original miles of the Mother Road, cool down on a fun float trip along the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers, fly fish in the Roubidoux our award winning trout stream, go scuba diving in our nationally recognized underwater cave or take an elevator up to the only restaurant in a cave in the world! We don’t lack on fun and interesting activities in our neck of the woods, so be sure to follow our blog and maybe you’ll want to come visit us some day! Hope to see ya soon!
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Crocker City Hall, Pulaski County USA

Crocker City Hall, Pulaski County USA



The days when railroads ruled America may have gone the way of the steam engine, but the town of Crocker preserves its railroad history with pride. From the railroad tracks that date back to the Frisco Railroad to the red caboose that resides in the heart of town, Crocker embraces its rail roots. What began as a small trading post in the 1800s, has grown to be a charming Midwestern town surrounded by the Ozark hills and meandering Gasconade River. Crocker’s history isn’t limited to the railroads, however; the James Gang, the notorious band of criminals who frequently robbed stagecoaches, trains, and banks, once traveled the area regularly. Rumor has it that Jesse James had a cousin who lived in town.

Frisco Caboose in Crocker, Missouri

Frisco Caboose in Crocker, Missouri



 

Railroad enthusiasts, history buffs and those who are simply curious are drawn to Crocker’s Frisco Depot Museum and Norma Lea Frisco Park. The depot was the last in Pulaski County and served as the mail pick-up and drop-off point for the rest of the county. Now a museum, the original structure is home not only to county antiques, photographs and old train logs, but also to warm memories. The Crocker City Park holds several exciting events each year from horse rodeos, ATV rodeos, youth bull riding, to the annual Labor Day weekend Railroad Days Celebration. Fall activities include two farms offering hayrides, petting zoos, corn and hay stack mazes, antique tractor display and more. This is a great opportunity for families and youth groups to discover and appreciate life on the farm.

Norma Lea's Frisco Park in Crocker, Missouri

Norma Lea’s Frisco Park in Crocker, Missouri



Crocker displays its patriotism.

Crocker displays its patriotism.



 

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