Wednesday, January 21, 2009


One day while CD and I were out road trippin' this past summer on the old Route 66 highway, we drove to Waynesville. It was a beautiful day for taken photo's and checkin' out history. Waynesville has a lot of that goin' on for it. It was a hotbed durin' the Civil War.

Waynesville is located in scenic Roubldoux Creek Valley, and it became the county seat of Pulaski County in 1843.

Pulaski County was organized in 1833. It was once roamed by Indians and French trappers. The county is part of land surrendered by the Osage in 1808. Southern pioneers were early settlers. They were attracted by the counties many springs, wooded hills, caves and the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers.

The town of Waynesville was a stage stop on the St. Louis to Springfield Road. This road was later called Wire Road for the telegraph line strung durin' the Civil War. This road was a former Indian trail and traveled by French explorers in 1719. Cherokee Indians camped here on their 1837 'Trail of Tears' removal to Oklahoma.

Here's one of the old trestle bridges on the Mother Road, purdy neat, huh?

This is the old Stage Coach stop in Waynesville.
It was originally built of logs in pioneer days. Used as a stage coach stop and a tavern of rest for travelers headin' to the west.

In 1862, during the Civil War, it was used as a hospital.

After the war ended, it was remodeled and again used as a hotel for another half century.

We were there on a Sunday and everything was closed down but I looked through one of the windows, the whole time CD is tellin' me I'm gonna set off an alarm and we are just across the street from the police station. He was thinkin' about drivin' off and leavin' me when I went around back and rattled some doorknobs.
He just about had a conniption fit when I went up the stairs (they were roped off) and wanted him to take a picture of me (HE WOULDN"T). You'd think he'd be use to me draggin' him into tight spots after all these years. But I was able to get a decent picture lookin through the window. It shows the old log walls.

This is the current Courthouse and is a really neat and beautiful buildin'. This one was built in 1904.

I just love this bell tower.

Durin' the Civil War the Confederate Flag was raised at the Courthouse in the spring of 1861. Not this one, the courthouse buildin' before. In May 1861, the Union soldiers came to town. On June 7, 1862, the Confederate flag was cut down. I bet that was a long turbulent and bloody year. Union troops built a fort on a hill overlookin' the courthouse square to guard the military supply road to Springfield. The county suffered guerrilla raids and skirmishes for the rest of the war.

The Civil War brought about fierce division among the people of Pulaski County. Neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother and even members of the same household would disagree.

The end of the war found the county in chaos. Bushwhackers were runnin' rampant.

Prejudices and hatred were finally put aside and reconstruction began. After the war, immigrants began to come to this part of Missouri to settle. Most of those settlers were from southeast Kentucky, Tennessee, east and West Virginia.
I just love this old street clock that was out front of the courthouse.

This buildin' reminds me of some I've seen in California.

They've add on in recent years, but I really like the old part.

This is just beautiful country out here and with all the history connected to it, very interestin' to check out. I hope you will get a chance sometime to come to this part of the Ozarks, you won't be disappointed.


SuzyQ said...

That is really neat! I loved seeing the pictures and reading.
Thanks for sharing!

Jodi said...

Interesting tour with great pictures! I laughed when you said your hubby wouldn't take a picture of you up the roped off stairs!

The Muse said...

NEATO...And I am glad you did not set off any alarms LOL !!!

I love reading posts that people care about when they write them! :)

Bo said...

You take the best photos...what kind of camera do you use, if you don't mind me asking. I love old towns, old buildings, old stories...well, maybe all that stuff makes me feel young...LOL
;-) Bo

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Rebel, the pictures are awesome. I am a Filipino. I came from Philippines and during my first few weeks here in Michigan, my mom-in-law used to scold me that I am now a Fili-Billy. (combination of Filipino and Hillbilly :)
I got your blog from Devon, I hope you don't mind that I am here.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

That was really NEAT! It's like a history lesson that you're not bored to tears over!

I love old stuff as well. I wish my own house looked like that place on the inside.

My hubby would have been the one to wonder up and take the pic through the window, while I stood down and feared of being caught!

Rebel said...

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. They really make me feel good :)
Grace, please come back any time, I love it that you wanted to visit my blog.
Bo, I use a Sony Alpha SLR

My New 30 said...

Cool pictures! And I LOVE all your local history and the "behind the scene (stairs LOL) stories too - it's fun to get a bird's eye view and feel for areas of the country that you've never been too.

Darlene said...

I ALWAYS LOVE your history lessons. Why didn't you teach my history class in school??? I would have enjoyed it Beautiful photos too!

PetalsYoga said...


I agree with what everyone else has said. You are a wonderful teacher and writer. I am so happy to have found you.

Have a great Friday,


Liz said...

I just love your history tours! Especially since they're in and around where I grew up! :)

noble pig said...

I love that old clock too. I would love to see that here in my town! Thanks for the beautiful photos. Thank goodness for blogs so we can see things in parts of the country we'll never get too.

okiesister said...

Wow, this is where my people are from.
I've been researching my Adams family and found that during the mid 1800's almost everyone living in Pulaski county where related to my line.
My ancestors started the Friendship Baptist Church there.
My ggg grandfather, his brother and several cousins were Confederate soldiers.
They lived in what was called Roubidoux.