Stories from ‘Wire Road’

Recently we’ve been enjoying some local brews at Wire Road Brewing Company in Battlefield. The place just oozes Ozarks history. 

Its outdoor beer garden is a throwback to the biergartens that German immigrants used to frequent in the days before Prohibition.

Even several of the beers are named for historic persons and places in Missouri.

For many folks who may not be familiar with its namesake, the (Old) Wire Road runs right through the heart of Ozarks history.

It gets its named from telegraph wires that were strung along it right before the beginning of the Civil War. That gave it an alternate name: The Telegraph Road.

This Elkhorn Tavern was reconstructed based on photos of the Cox’s tavern from the 1880s. The south fireplace and the foundations are from the original building. The reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

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