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A Welcome Place in America's Heartland
Four Things You Will Love In Waynesville, Missouri
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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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1. Museums On The Square- Waynesville’s Downtown Square is home to two museums, the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum and the 1903 Courthouse Museum. These treasures are open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturdays April through September. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Stagecoach Stop has been a landmark in Waynesville since 1854. During this time it has served as a stagecoach stop, a hospital during the Civil War, a hotel, a boarding house, and now as a museum. The 1903 Courthouse has served Pulaski Countians for more than 110 years and is the 4th of 5 courthouses to date. Designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild the building shows similarities in design with Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, Italy. In addition to the exhibits a favorite feature is the english oak ceiling with exposed rafters and joists in the second story courtroom. Admission to both museums is free of charge with donations accepted.

The Old Stagecoach Stop has been a landmark in Waynesville since 1854. Photo by Dustin Holmes.

The Old Stagecoach Stop has been a landmark in Waynesville since 1854. Photo by Dustin Holmes.



Designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild, the 1903 Courthouse has served Pulaski County for more than 110 years. Photo by Dustin Holmes.

Designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild, the 1903 Courthouse has served Pulaski County for more than 110 years. Photo by Dustin Holmes.



2. Frog Rock- Nominated to Rand McNally’s “Best Of The Road” contest in 2011 as Best Oddball Attraction Frog Rock, also known as W.H. Croaker, does garner a lot of attention. The Frog Rock story began in 1997 after a Missouri Department of Transportation project left behind a large boulder on the hillside. Local tattoo artist Phil Nelson volunteered his time and labor to sculpt and paint the rock into the quirky, photo opportunistic Frog Rock. The rock has become so popular that it has its own festival each year, Frogtoberfest.

This picture of Frog Rock was taken by local tattoo artist Cat Spencer after he freshened W.H. Croaker up for a birthday celebration.

This picture of Frog Rock was taken by local tattoo artist Cat Spencer after he freshened W.H. Croaker up for a birthday celebration.



3. Festivals- Some people say that Waynesville is always celebrating something. Actually, they’re right! In addition to Frogtoberfest families love St. Patty’s Fest, Summer Jam, Freedom Fest and Old Settlers Day.

Waynesville is known for its many family friendly street festivals. Photo by Waynesville Daily Guide.

Waynesville is known for its many family friendly street festivals. Photo by Waynesville Daily Guide.



4. Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park- At the Route 66 bridge, on the banks of the “Roaring Roubidoux”, in the heart of Waynesville this campground offers urban trout fishing, and cave diving at the renowned Roubidoux Spring. This city owned & maintained campground and RV park is within walking distance of dining, shopping, nightlife, a certified Trail of Tears site, and the museums on the Square.

Roubidoux Campground & RV Park in Waynesville, Missouri has great trout fishing opportunities. Photo by City of Waynesville, Missouri.

Roubidoux Campground & RV Park in Waynesville, Missouri has great trout fishing opportunities. Photo by City of Waynesville, Missouri.



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