Waynesville Downtown Walking Tour

Historic sites in Waynesville, Missouri

Waynesville Downtown Walking Tour

Waynesville, Missouri 65583, United States

Created By: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center

Tour Information

Program powered by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Waynesville is rich with history from the Trail of Tears, Civil War to historic Route 66! Park the car and spend some time in Waynesville! Enhance this downtown walking tour with our brochure. Download it now or pick a copy up at the Pulaski County Visitors Center. 137 St Robert Blvd. Saint Robert MO.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Old Stagecoach Stop

The original building was built by William Walton McDonald in the mid-1850s.  The original structure was two log cabins connect by an open "dogtrot".  One cabin was used as a residence and the other as a stop for passengers on the Burden ... Read more
Talbot House Antiques

Talbot House was built in 1885 by Reverend Albert Washington Davis, a pastor of Waynesville Methodist Church.  He died in 1888, three years after building the house, at the age of 26.  His widow turned the house into a hotel that become k... Read more
Korean Baptist Church formaly Waynesville Methodist Church

This church, formerly the Waynesville Methodist Church, was built in 1945, but the first Methodist Church building to be constructed on this site was completed in 1887.  Organized before the Civil War, founder Wilson M. Tilley, decided tha... Read more
Nichols Apartments formerly Waynesville USO Club

These apartments occupy a portion of the former Waynesville USO club, built in 1942.  The USO was a way for local communities to participate in the war effort during World War II, and the Fort Leonard Wood area was no exception.  As the m... Read more
Former location of Waynesville R-VI School Building (Junior High)

In 1886, a two story frame building of two rooms was built at this location to house the Waynesville School.  in 1936-37, a brick building was erected by the federal Public Works Administration to replace the frame building.  When Fort Le... Read more
First Baptist Church of Waynesville

Baptist churches were also among the earliest to be established in the Waynesville area.  The First Baptist Church was organized in 1880, and the first church building, a log structure, was located at this site in 1887.  Two other buildin... Read more
Baker Hotel

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Waynesville City Park

Roubidoux Creek is naed for the faily of French traders prominent in the early settlement of Missouri.  Around 1831, George Washington Gibson becae the first "squatter" on the site of present day Wayesville; he settled on land near the big... Read more
Totem Pole

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Trail of Tears Walking Trail

This trail connects the (north)Waynesville City Park to Laughlin Park (south).  If you take the path to the north the path will take you along the tree-lined Roubidoux River with areas to fish and wade in the river.  The walking tour will... Read more
Trail of Tears Memorial and Intrepretive Trail - Laughlin Park

This was the site of the Cherokee encampment on the Trail of Tears.  You may want to visit our other tours, Trail of Tears Memorial and Intrepretive Trail which was a partnered project with the National Park Service.  Within that tour you... Read more
Roubidoux Bridge

The Roubidoux Bridge is a concrete arch bridge built in 1923 as part of a road improvement project on State Route 14, the graded earth and gravel road connecting St. Louis with Joplin.  That project also straightened out the road, which or... Read more
Memorial Chapel formerly Bell Hotel

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Bell Service Station

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Clark Motel

Russell and Mildred Dial purchase Clark Motel in 1960, moving to Waynesville in 1961 to operate the motel until the property was sold to the Pulaski County Library in 2001.  The home to the left was the office and the Dial's residence. ...
Formerly known as Mallows Market/Owls Cafe

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Tasty Grill

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Fort Wood Theater

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Route 66 Mural

Route 66 Mural located at Odyssey Scuba and Eclectic Originals. Mural depicts the beautiful roaring Roubidoux Creek, Bridge and Historic Route 66.   The Why and How as told by Scuba Bob of Odyssey Scuba We purposefully did it in a fashion ... Read more
Victory Pub

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Bank Building

This stone and brick building was constructed in 1904 to house the Bank of Waynesville.  The second story was divided into offices, with George M. Reed's abstract business being one of the first tenants.
Site of Civil War Fort

This historic marker tells the story of this site.  In 1861 the Confederate flag lew above the courthouse, but in June of 1862, the Union's Thirteenth, Missour State Militia marched into town, under the command of Colonel Albert Sigel.  T... Read more
Lone Oak Printing Co

J. M. Long became a resident of Pulaski County when his father moved the family here from Kentucky to 1887.  He had a grocery in Waynesvile, but was burned out in 1887.  He was elected county sheriff in 1888, and served in that capacity u... Read more
Historic Route 66

In the early days of Waynesville the stretch going through town was named Commercial Street, and was noted for the ditch, said to be deep enough to hide a horse and rider, that ran down the middle of it.  Under pressure from the "good road... Read more
Pulaski County Courthouse

This courthouse was built in 1987 giving room for the much need growth of Pulaski County.  Step inside to see the wall display.
World War I Cannon

World War I cannon made its return as a fixture on the square in December 2010.  Many years ago the cannon was removed by a group of local boys as part of a Halloween prank and was struck by an automobile and damaged.  Luther Thomas, a pr... Read more
Rigsby Station and Home

Claude and Eva Rigsby bought this house, which stands on lots 6 and 7 in blck 4 of the original town of Waynesville, in 1924.  We don't know the year of construction of the home but the foundation is made of rough-hewn logs.  For 33 years... Read more
Rexall Drug

Formerly Rexall Drug, (Seda's Gift Shoppe 2003-2018), the south side of this building still bears the scar from a semi-truck crashing into it in the early 1980's.  The tractor trailer lost its brakes while coming down Waynesville Hill.  T... Read more
The Waynesville Square and Roubidoux Plaza

Waynesville's tourist district offers up unique gift shops, lunch and dinner, wine and moonshine tasting, sweets and treats and you can even play a game of oversized Jenga!
Bloodland Methodist Church Bell

Bloodland was once a thriving community situated in the middle of the area selected by the Department of the Army to build Fort Leonard Wood.  In 1941 there were three general stores, three filling stations, two churches, two barber shops,... Read more
Route 66 Courthouse Museum formerly Pulaski County Courthouse

During the Civil War, the courthouse was badly damaged, and in 1873 a new brick courthouse was completed at a cost of about $9,000  That building burned to the ground in 1902, destroying all the county records except the land books.  This... Read more
Route 66 Courthouse Hidden in Plain Sight?

On the evening of June 3, 1903 a lighting strike hit the Pulaski County Courthouse.  The ensuing fire destroyed the building. By his quick thinking the County Clerk, Edward G. Williams, was able to rescue many of the county documents and r... Read more


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