Rural Missouri - April 2015 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 67 | APRIL 2015 | Number 4 16 10 10 Seeing the legends 18 IN EVERY ISSUE Tourney showcases golf's greatest players on unique stage 14 Jobs in rural Missouri 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 16 10th annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival A little town draws visitors of historic renown to its annual history celebration 21 Best of Rural Missouri 14th annual contest results reveal readers' favorites 30 War of 1812 12 Notes 18 Outdoors 28 Recipes 34 Events 40 Neighbors 42 Just4Kids 43 Economy improves, but can rural people find work closer to home? Landscapes Signed peace treaty in Europe fails to end violence in Missouri ABOUT OUR COVER B looming dogwoods stand as April sentinels above Blue Spring on this month's cover. Located in Shannon County along the Current River, this spring is one of the state's most spectacular thanks to its azure waters. Missouri's Osage Indians once called it the "Spring of the Summer Sky." Dissolved limestone and dolomite contribute to the spring's deep blue color, as does its depth. At more than 310 feet deep, Blue Spring is the Show-Me State's deepest known spring. In fact, if the Statue of Liberty were placed in Blue Spring, her torch would still be 5 feet below the water's surface. Roughly 90 million gallons of water pour from the spring each day, making it the state's sixth largest. The Missouri Department of Conservation designated the site as a natural area in 1972 and today maintains a trail and spring pool overlook platform, seen at left. In the spring, wildflowers abound along the route, and star cover and photo at left by Jason Jenkins duckweed, American bur-reed and water starwort occur in the spring pool. Giant cane, grass-of-Parnassus and blue boneset grow along the banks of the spring run, which is also home to southern redbelly dace, Ozark sculpins and rainbow darters. The rare Swainson's warbler has been found in giant cane stands along the Current River just upstream. Blue Spring can be accessed by land or water. From Eminence, take Highway 106 east for 16 miles to County Road 535. Follow this rugged road for 3 miles to the parking area where the quarter-mile trail leads to the spring. A canoe landing also is located just upstream from where the spring empties into Current River. For more information about Blue Spring Natural Area, visit To order prints of the cover photo, call 866-962-1191 or visit APRIL 2015 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP 3 http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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Rural Missouri - April 2015