Rural Missouri - April 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Mule memories Book recalls mules on the farm 5 14 Squandered opportunity Confederates lose last chance to reclaim Missouri 10 photo courtesy of Lonny Thiele 18 Outdoors Something to gobble about 26 Hearth and Home Wake-up call 30 News Briefs News you can use 34 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Marketplace Classified ads 40 Neighbors Small-town saviors 42 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 18 Something to gobble about Acclaimed wild turkey taxidermists call north Missouri home 21 Best of Rural Missouri 11th annual contest results reveal readers’ favorites 21 Best Pizza: Shakespeare’s Pizza, Columbia 28 The hardest fun ever Camdenton R-III’s ‘new, cool and afterschool’ FIRST Robotics program 40 Small-town saviors Young business owners help spur Brunswick’s revitalization 28 About our cover arsaw is an interesting blend of the old and the new. Situated just below the dam that forms Truman Lake, the town of 2,070 is home to both the best-preserved example of a Missouri swinging bridge and a revitalized harbor that gives boaters access to the historic downtown. The swinging bridge shown on our cover is one of a handful built under the direction of Joe Dice, a self-made bridge engineer who never used blueprints for his bridge designs. The 600-foot-long bridge is the last of 15 swinging bridges that once spanned the Osage River. What makes the bridge unique is that its wooden deck is suspended from a massive wire cable made of 600 smaller wire strands. Walk or ride your bike across, and you can feel it move. Known as the “Upper Bridge,” it was built in 1904 but had to be rebuilt in 1928 after a tornado destroyed it. Cover and photo at left by Jim McCarty W The bridge carried vehicles until 1979. As part of a major improvement project, the city of Warsaw restored the bridge in 2007. It’s now open to foot traffic and is a great place to watch the sun set on the water. Another major project involved adding boat docks to the popular Drake Harbor Recreation Area. Boats aren’t necessary to land fish here, however, as the angler at left can attest. Visitors to Warsaw also can enjoy the elevated boardwalk at Steamboat Landing, part of an extensive land and water trail system that includes easy-to-walk gravel fitness paths and rugged trails designed for mountain bikers and trail runners. There’s fine dining, a shop that rents bikes and kayaks and does guided tours, antiques, crafts, the Truman Dam Visitor’s Center, Lost Valley Fish Hatchery and more. For more information on visiting Warsaw, call 660-4385522 or log on to To order prints of the cover photo, see page 35. APRIL 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2012

Rural Missouri - April 2012
Table of Contents
Mule memories
Squandered opportunity
Something to gobble about
Best of Rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
The hardest fun ever
News Briefs
Around Missouri
Small-town saviors

Rural Missouri - April 2012