"Traveled 12 miles to Waynesville on Roberdeou Creek, a branch of the Gasconade—clear and present day..."
Dr. W. I. Morrow's diary, March 5, 1839
During the Trail of Tears, the only way Cherokee could cross the creek . . . — — Map (db m158042) HM
"...halted at Waynesville, MO o'c P.M. encamped and issued corn and fodder, beef and cornmeal. Weather extremely cold."
B. B. Cannon's diary, December 9, 1837
If you had been here the afternoon of December 9, 1837, you . . . — — Map (db m158038) HM
How did you get here today? There's a good chance that you traveled along a route used by travelers for centuries. Nearby I-44 and the historic Route 66 follow paths used by American Indians for trade and travel more than 500 years ago.
In the . . . — — Map (db m158009) HM
"This morning word came that a Cherokee woman was dying. I hastened to her tent...She was put in the wagon which carried her family when the detachment started, but soon expired."
Rev. Daniel S. Butrick diary, March 11, . . . — — Map (db m158035) HM
Welcome to Waynesville's lush Laughlin Park, along the banks of the historic Roubidoux Creek. Along with its beauty and recreational opportunities, this place also played a part in one of the most tragic periods in American history, the Trail of . . . — — Map (db m158041) HM
Husband, Father, Grandfather,
Founding Member of the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders,
Mountainman, Sportsman, Civic Leader, Educator,
and to all others, a Friend. You will be missed by all.
Until next time Ozark Mountainman,
Keep Your . . . — — Map (db m158044) HM
Built of logs in pioneer days, used as a stage coach stop and a tavern of rest for weary travelers westward bound. In 1862 the building was comandeered by the Union Forces and used as a hospital for the duration of the Civil War. After the war . . . — — Map (db m21618) HM
Here in Missouri's central Ozarks, Pulaski County was organized 1833, and named for Revolutionary War general, Polish Count Casimir Pulaski. Once roamed by Indians and French trappers, the county is part of land ceded by the Osage . . . — — Map (db m55638) HM
Located on the downtown Square was the Rigsby House and, next door, the building that was formerly Rigsby Standard Oil Station.
Claude and Eva Rigsby bought this house, which stands on lots 6 and 7 in block 4 of the original town of Waynesville, . . . — — Map (db m157295) HM
On December 9, 1837, United States Army Conductor, B.B. Cannon and 330 Cherokee Treaty Party "Volunteers" camped near this site. Ten additional detachments, led by Cherokees themselves, passed through here on the Northern Route of the "Trail of . . . — — Map (db m158046) HM
The Talbot House is one of Waynesville's oldest homes. The home was constructed by Rev. Albert Washington Davis in 1885. After his death in 1888, his widow opened the family home to travelers as the "Pulaski House".
Dr. C.A. Talbot . . . — — Map (db m184887) HM
June 7, 1862, Union Forces (the 13th Missouri Militia) under Col. Sigel, marched into Waynesville. They assumed control of several Counties and built a Fort here on this spot overlooking the town, to guard the road and telegraph wires between St. . . . — — Map (db m21318) HM
From 1837 to 1839, thousands of Cherokee traveled along local roads and through what is now Laughlin Park on their way to Indian Territory in the West. Some groups encamped here on their journey.
The Cherokee, or the "Principal People" or . . . — — Map (db m158039) HM