It's too early for this isn't it? I know, I know, it is November and
we've been here before, but Kathy and I weren't prepared for the cold
blast that came through this week. Luckily, after a quick four inches of
snow, it's already gone as temperatures start to rebound. Our
thoughts and sympathies goes out to all those around the Great Lakes under
"feet" of record breaking snow. Hard to believe that places we just
recently visited in September are already buried. We could only imagine,
while traveling that region, what it must of been like in the 1800's,
completely cut off from everything. While I love pondering the "what
ifs" of when I was born, I'm not one who wishes I could have been there. I enjoy reading about it though; that is enough.
didn't let October escape our lens as we traveled over to East Central
Missouri for the annual
Cuba Fest and some fall color. What a great time
it was too, catching up with some old friends and making new ones. We
stopped by to see Legends' contributor and author
Jim Hinckley at his
booth. Jim has had a great year with two book releases for Route 66
Travel Route 66 and
The Illustrated Route 66 Historic Atlas, both available in our
General Store. We met Jim for the first time at Cuba Fest in 2012 and
formed a wonderful limited partnership. Since then, he has
contributed several stories to Legends of America on the early years of
the American Automotive Industry that you can read
Jim also contributes photos to our Photo Print Shop via his gallery
Jim Hinckley's America.
caught up with Ron Jones, the
Tattoo Man of
Route 66, who has gained many more works of body art since the last
time we saw him. Ron was somewhat immortalized at the festival as
and The Road
Crew wrote a song about him and performed it at one of the festivals
gatherings. If you're interested in this catchy tune, The Road Crew
produced a fun video you can see
into Frank Kocevar, former owner of the Historic Seligman Sundries in
Arizona. Frank and his wife Lynn just recently sold the business and are
now planning to live the dream of wandering the Mother Road (and I'm sure
a few other places). Congrats Frank and Lynn! And to Ron Hart at the
Route 66 Chamber of Commerce, Dean Kennedy, Mike Wallace and the many
others we saw at the festival, thanks for a memorable time!
Kathy and I, it wasn't all about the festival though. We knew there would
be some great fall color to enjoy among some historic scenery in Missouri.
We made time to head south of Cuba, making a round about way to the
historic Snelson-Brinker Cabin near Steelville. Built in 1834, it
served as Crawford County's first courthouse, and was witness to many
1838 and 1839 as they camped near by on the
Tears' Northern Route. Still standing today you can go inside
and explore the history of early Missouri. Be aware though, this
place is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a 16 year old slave girl, who
became the youngest in the state to be hanged after being found guilty of
the murder of an infant child. She's buried on the property, along
with the murdered infant of the Brinker family.
also stopped at Maramec Spring Park - Massey Iron Works, not far from
The Massey Iron Works, also known as Maramec Iron Works, operated from
1826 through 1876 and was the first commercially successful Iron Works west of the
Mississippi River. This beautiful privately owned historic park, ran by
the James Foundation, includes
the crystal clear water of the Maramec Spring, a National Natural Landmark
known for its Trout fishing as well. The spring was used by the historic
Iron Works to power its machinery, processing high-grade iron ore mined
from a nearby pit, which you can also visit. There are a couple of museums
to explore while at this park, and plenty more historic things to see and
learn about. Well worth the
price of admission. We'll be adding up more photos soon via our
Southeast Missouri Photo Gallery. As a side note, you may notice
that Maramec Spring Park is spelled differently than the Meramec River, or
Meramec Caverns, etc. According to
sources, this is in part due to the lack of education in the Ozarks
back around the time the Spring was named, and the James Foundation has
kept with tradition leaving the Park spelled Maramec.
far as nostalgia goes, the best part of our adventure was Bob's Gasoline
Alley on the outskirts of Cuba. Bob Mullen opened up his neon and fun to
the public during the festival and it was a real treat. Over 300 service
stations signs and other vintage advertisements, as well as wax statues
and more, are spread out through several buildings and part of the Mullen
home, enticing many a Route 66 traveler to remember the good ol' days. A
wonderfully fun stop, and I even had the chance to croon with the Blues
Brothers while there. We've added up some of the neon and more via
our Missouri Route
66 Photo Gallery.
stop at Bob's wound up getting Kathy started on a new "Americana Series"
of photo art and more, which we discuss below under "What's New".
the meantime, we hope this coming holiday season is bright and joyous for
you and yours, and that even if you can't be with family, the warmth of
the season keeps you well in mind and spirit through the cold winter
Dave Alexander - Winterizer and keeper of Cold Feet.
Did you know that dogs make great foot warmers :)
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New Additions and Featured
Mining and Murder in Ruby, Arizona
American Tradition of Thanksgiving
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