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A look at the history of Falling Spring

There are many historical places to see when you come to the Eleven Point River area. One of these areas is called Falling Spring.   It is located approximately nine miles south of Winona on Highway 19. Then,…


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Collapse of Brown’s Ford Bridge on Osage River

This “swinger” over the Osage at Brown’s Ford was built between 1912 and 1915 by E.A. Bledsoe and Ira Alspach, who also built the suspension bridge at Monegaw Springs. On June 21, 1940, the aging Brown’s Ford suspension…


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Whenever you go caving, definitely take a friend

Once I was caving in Greene County, Mo., with a group of friends and acquaintances. Some passageways of the cavern were pretty tight and we had to crawl on our bellies.  We emerged from one such tunnel into…


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Big Spring Lodge revamp could start in 2019

Big Spring Lodge and Cabins has been operated by private concessioners under contract with the National Park Service (NPS) as an essential visitor service for many years. The area is a popular vacation and honeymoon destination, and dining…


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Echo Bluff Park’s rededication to who they are

July 30 is the grand opening of a place once very dear to my heart. Shannon County’s Echo Bluff State Park will become the crown jewel in what is considered by some to be one of the best…


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Avoid crossbow problems

The struggle to legalize crossbows during the Missouri deer season proved difficult. Now that crossbows are legal for the 2016 deer seasons, crossbows fans are facing other difficulties. Crossbow sales have taken a steep climb after the announcements…



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New Madrid Seismic Zone is alive and active

The largest earthquakes in the history of the United States were produced by the New Madrid Seismic Zone in 1811 and 1812.  These were followed by a steady stream of tremors of varying intensity. The ground rolled and…


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LST Memorial 325 to Dock at Cape Girardeau

I was so excited back in the spring when I heard that a piece of World War II-era history will make its way along the Mississippi River to Cape Girardeau this fall. The LST Memorial 325 was a…


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Make a stabilizing outrigger at home

While sitting at the window reading Backwoodsman magazine and glancing up watching the blustery wind kick up the snow in piles and sticking it to the sides of trees, I wished for spring. I then read that there…


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843-acre property is Don Robinson’s legacy

The initial construction phase is about to begin on a new 843-acre state park in Jefferson County, Mo. The visitor entrance will be from Byrnesville Road. Trails will be developed through the area, including an ADA-accessible trail. Water,…