Rural Missouri - December 2015 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 68 | DECEMBER 2015 | Number 12 14 24 18 8 Lucky, lucky me IN EVERY ISSUE George Whiteman's dreams of flying ended with his tragic death 14 Ray's Diner Ray's has been an Excelsior Springs institution since 1932 16 Step back in time Historic holiday unfolds at the Byrd House 18 Houston's hound hotel No-kill shelter finds enterprising ways to save animals 24 Flying high Rosebud man soars above Gasconade County in powered parachute 26 Best of Rural Missouri 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 12 Outdoors 14 Eats 22 Recipes 30 Events 32 Neighbors 34 Just4Kids 35 Landscapes Vote for your favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state ABOUT OUR COVER I photos by Paul Newton To order prints of the cover photo, call 866-962-1191 or visit f you drive through Bevier, you can't miss it. After traveling 364,562 miles in operation, Locomotive No. 112 from Bevier & Southern Railroad Co. was placed in a park in downtown Bevier in 1963. For the past two decades, the mighty machine has been transformed into a lit landmark every holiday season. It is wrapped in lights and other decorations commemorating the Christmas season - as seen on this month's cover - and is a point of community pride. Lifelong resident Rick Tate, shown at left, begins the daunting task of adorning the train with lights starting in September. After checking to make sure all the lights are in full working order at home, he makes the short drive from his house to the train. He spends a few nights per week after work and even will take the occasional vacation day to ensure the train is ready to be illuminated on Thanksgiving. "It'd go a lot faster if I didn't spend so much time visiting," he jokes. "But that's half the fun of it." Patty Cheever is president of Black Diamond Preservation in Bevier - the group that foots the bill for the lights and electricity - and looks forward to Thanksgiving every year. "It's tradition for a lot of us to come down that first night," she says. "You come downtown, see the train lit up in all of its splendor. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. This is part of our heritage." Patty and Rick try and check on the train daily to make sure the lights are all in working order. "Getting it lit on Thanksgiving just kind of kicks off the Christmas season," says Rick, whose great uncle was an engineer on the train. The train stays lit through the calendar year and is on full display during Christmas in Bevier, an annual celebration held the first weekend in December. DECEMBER 2015 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP 3 http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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Rural Missouri - December 2015