Step back in time at Doniphan Heritage Days

Tucked among the banks of Current River is a town that at one time was a hopping little community.

Doniphan — like many other small towns across Missouri — has struggled to maintain its heyday of yesterday, but to no avail. 

At one time when Doniphan was in its prime, the town was a site to see. In the center of it all was the beautiful Ripley County Courthouse and the magnificent Current River, the flagship of all Ozark streams.

Richard Whiteside

On any given Saturday on the square a person could watch a championship checkers game, play a round of horseshoes, listen to some gospel preached, and lots and lots of southern gospel and bluegrass music being played on the steps of the county seat.

The old-timers tell me of a day when the streets could not hold another person. Those days are but a distant memory to some of the older folks. Times passed and years gone by. 

When looking at the old black-and-white photos in the Doniphan museum, a person begins to feel they were born 100 years too late. 

Hungry to once more feel the buzz and excitement of a hopping little river town. Hungry for a town that once existed.

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