You could drink a Coke, gas up and shop a splendid selection of Ozark drip pottery and cedar novelties in a short stop in Reeds Spring.

Many of the cedar boxes were made locally under small factory conditions and had decals evoking Shepherd of the Hills Country.

At the time these roadside attractions were disparaged, but today many of the items they sold are high-priced collectibles. More recently foreign-manufactured items compete with locally made tourist items.

(This feature is courtesy of Leland and Crystal Payton at Lens & Pen Press, publishers of all-color books on the Ozarks. Their new book, James Fork of the White, was published in 2017. Some pages from this book can be seen on Their earlier river book, Damming the Osage, can be seen at