Rural Missouri - May 2017 - 3
Honoring the Osage
IN EVERY ISSUE
Crawford County community comes together to create memorial
12 The wall that heals
Vietnam memorial returns to Missouri
20 Exceptional employees
Web-Co offers dignity for the disabled
22 Healing in the hills
Green City Lodge offers recreation for veterans
24 On the Wright path
Verona family lives and breathes the life they love
28 Missouri Snapshots
2017 Missouri State Parks & Rural Missouri photo contest rules
ABOUT OUR COVER
ike the wild ponies made famous by Marguerite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague" children's
novels from the 1940s and '50s, Missouri, too,
has an elusive band of wild horses drawing
the attention of locals and tourists alike.
The feral horses, widely referred to by those
who've seen them as "the wild mustangs of Shannon County," can often be seen roaming the hills and
hollows of southeast Missouri. If you're patient, you
may get lucky and find the beautiful, untamed creatures wandering along the Shawnee Creek, meandering the banks of the Current River or running in the
grasses of Broadfoot Fields, as seen on the cover.
It's said the horses are descendants of domesticated stock which had been set free during the Great
Depression by owners who could no longer afford to
care for them, but didn't want to kill their horses.
Left to fend for themselves, the animals began
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seeking shelter in the woods around Eminence, using
the Jacks Fork and Current rivers as watering holes
and feeding in nearby fields. For decades, locals have
seen the herds roam the open land, much of which is
now part of Mark Twain National Forest.
While the horses should always be considered
wild, if you're quiet, you can usually get close enough
for a photo. Simply standing near as the Appaloosalike equines graze on land they freely roam offers as
much peace to you as it does the horse.
While the horses usually visit the same areas,
they have no schedule, so when trying to locate a
herd, just kindly ask locals for guidance. Another
way to learn about them is to join a Facebook group,
such as the Current River, Jacks Fork & Eleven
Point River group, where you will often see photos
and read about sightings of the wild horses of Shannon County.
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