Oct. 30, 2013
Almost two weeks ago we published “11 Things That You Might Not Know About Pulaski County, Missouri” in response to Mental Floss magazine’s article “11 Things That You Might Not Know About Missouri”. Many of you have asked for more facts, so following are 8 more things…
1. Dell Mack, an American songwriter, singer and guitarist born July 15, 1937 in a cabin on Route 66, near St. Robert Missouri, first recorded Willie Dixon’s “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover” with the Golden Gate Quartet in 1958. Bo Diddley’s popular version was not recorded until 1962.
2. Miller Spring, on the Big Piney River, on the south side of Fort Leonard Wood is one of only eight known ebb and flow springs in Missouri. Of those eight it is the only one that flows regularly, every eight hours. It rises about five inches during this cycle. This spring has historically also been known as McCourtney Spring, Siphon Spring, Ebb and Flow Spring, and Breathing Spring.
3. The First Annual International Trans-Continental Foot Race, an event to promote Route 66, and dubbed The Bunion Derby stopped in Waynesville April 23, 1928. About 200 runners started the race in Los Angeles and only 55 crossed the finish line at Madison Square Garden.
First Annual International Trans-Continental Foot Race program cover.
4. Brewer & Shipley, consisting of Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, was a very popular folk music duo during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. They are most remembered for the single “One Toke Over The Line” which was released in 1970 on their third album, “Tarkio”. Six years later, in 1976, the pair released their seventh album, titled “Welcome To Riddle Bridge” under the Capitol Records label. The album title pays homage to Riddle Bridge in Pulaski County USA and the cover art shows Brewer & Shipley standing on the 12 panel Pennsylvania through truss bridge that was built in 1911 by Canton Bridge Company. The bridge featured on that cover was replaced circa 1987 and now serves as a footbridge in Nebraska as a part of the Arbor Day Foundation headquarters.
5. Pulaski County was the first county in Missouri to receive the Purple Heart County designation as part of the Purple Heart Trail on the Interstate 44 Corridor. This designation expresses the desire of the county to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal. The Sister Cities of St. Robert and Waynesville, gateways to Fort Leonard Wood, have both been designated as Purple Heart Cities on the Purple Heart Trail. The railroad town of Crocker, north of Waynesville, has also been designated as a Purple Heart City. The Purple Heart Trail program is overseen by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
6. Pulaski County is home to 93 known caves. Miller Cave on Fort Leonard Wood is one of only 17 caves that are open to the public in Missouri. Miller Cave was excavated in the 1920’s by Gerald Fowke in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.
View from inside Miller Cave, overlooking the Big Piney River valley below. Photo by Dustin Holmes.
7. The Gasconade River is the longest river completely within the boundary of Missouri. It has been called one of the world’s most crooked rivers. In an area near Waynesville, called The Narrows
, you can float for 15 miles and be only two miles overland from your put-in.
8. According to a list compiled by the National Cattlemen’s Association in 1998, the Morgan Farm, near Waynesville is the oldest farm continually operated by the same family in Missouri, the second oldest west of the Mississippi, and the sixth oldest in the United States. The farm also holds the second oldest ranch brand in the country.
Members of the Morgan family pose in front of their home in 1908. Their land has been continually farmed by family members for 185 years. Photo courtesy of Bill Morgan, via the Old Settlers Gazette.
Special thanks to Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation
, Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society
, and Encyclopedia of Pulaski County
for contributions contained in this article.
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