Rural Missouri - December 2011 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Giggin’ on the Gasconade Friends and family carry on this Ozark tradition 5 10 A historic rumbling Two hundred years later, the New Madrid earthquakes are remembered 8 13 Outdoors Killer in the caves 16 Out of the Way Eats The Hangar 20 Hearth and Home I’m dreaming of a sweet Christmas 22 News Briefs News you can use 28 Marketplace Classified ads 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 32 Neighbors Claus crusader 34 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 14 Bent on perfection John and Marcia Whitt have refined the craft of rustic furniture 18 Christmas country church tour Historic churches roll out the welcome mat for holiday visitors 14 24 Of two governments Confederate Congress admits Missouri as 12th state 26 Best of rural Missouri Readers choose their favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state 18 About our cover ith the beginning of the University of Missouri men’s and women’s basketball seasons, another wave of Tiger fans will flock to Columbia. Each weekend, famous hangouts such as Shakespeare’s and Booches become flooded with alumni and students who hope to celebrate a Tiger win. But just a few minutes drive away from this lively college town is an abundance of unique environments for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. One in particular is Cedar Creek, which is featured on this month’s cover. Along this waterway that forms the border of Boone and Callaway counties are several cliffs, caves and rock formations that have made it a popular destination for central Missourians and students looking to get away from campus. A sometimes lesser-known spot along the creek is the Devil’s Backbone, a limestone ridge that juts out toward the Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley W creek, forming a large oxbow. The views alone from atop the ridge are worth the quick drive south of town. The area is located within the 16,500-acre Mark Twain National Forest and close to the 22-mile Cedar Creek Trail. The trail is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders to travel through the reclaimed farmland that is now in transition back to natural forests and grasslands. Several campsites also are available for backpacking or overnight trips. To get to Devil’s Backbone, take Highway 63 south of Columbia and head east on Highway AB at Deer Park. Then head south on Rangeline Road for 2.1 miles and merge onto Highway H. Continue east on H for 3.9 miles and then turn right onto Backbone Road. A gravel parking area is on the left about a mile south. For information on the activities available in the Mark Twain National Forest, visit To order prints of these photos, see page 29. DECEMBER 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - December 2011

Rural Missouri - December 2011
Table of COntents
Giggin’ on the Gasconade
A historic rumbling
Bent on perfection
Out of the Way Eats
Christmas country church tour
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Of two governments
Best of rural Missouri
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - December 2011