Rural Missouri - January 2018 - 3

CONTENTS
Volume 71

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JANUARY 2018

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Number 1

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Old school tools
Trenton Hardware has it or you don't need it

15 Missouri Snapshots
See the winners in our seventh annual photo contest

22 Fulton Cafe
Authentic Cuban fare in downtown Fulton

28 Broad strokes
Artist Stefanie Aziere-Sattler paints life as she sees it

32 Lighting a war zone
The audacious story of electric co-ops in Vietnam
photos by Zach Smith

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t was already more than 100 years old when the
country was born, and closing in on 150 when
the Corps of Discovery made its way up and down
the Missouri River in 1804 and 1806. Since that
time, many more travelers have passed the famous
bur oak at McBaine and marveled at the sprawl of its
limbs against the sky.
Estimated at between 350 and 400 years old, the
tree - known affectionately as The Big Oak Tree -
is located about 10 miles southwest of Columbia on
land owned by John Sam Williamson Jr. Every spring
its branches awaken with new leaves, and by summer
there's a sizeable patch of shade that draws drivers off
to the shoulder of Burr Oak Road. Visitors young and
old, from cyclists to families to photographers, can
be found there nearly year round, picnicking, taking
pictures or seeing how far they can reach around the
trunk, which is more than 7 feet in diameter.

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Cooperation

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Perspectives

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Outdoors

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Notes

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Eats

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Recipes

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Events

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Neighbors

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Just For Kids

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Landscapes

ABOUT OUR COVER
Over the years, it has witnessed more than 127,000
sunrises - as seen on our cover - and even a few
supermoons, at left. It also has weathered countless
floods, droughts, blizzards and thunderstorms.
But the tree's impressive lifespan hasn't passed
the years without a few hard knocks, and in 2013 a
group of volunteers including arborists and electric
co-op crews pitched in to help preserve the historic
oak. They pruned dead branches, installed $1,700
worth of lightning protection and treated the tree to
help promote its growth. With their help and a little
luck the silent sentinel will live on to receive more
visitors well into the future.
To reach the Big Oak Tree, head south from
Columbia on Providence Road about 10 miles. The
road becomes Highway K and then Burr Oak Road at
McBaine.
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