Catch Your Own Trout at the Dining Lodge at Bennett Spring State Park

Put your fishing skills to the test at the lodge at Bennet Spring State Park, which adds an element of DIY to fresh trout.


Whirlwind Ranch Celebrates 24 Years Raising Alpacas

Liz began her operation with just a few alpacas, and for good reason. Alpacas were $20,000 to $30,000 each during those early years, according to Liz, and the females only have one o–ffspring, called a cria, each year. From those small beginnings, Liz built a herd that, at its largest, numbered 142.


August 2, 1956

Missouri became the first state to award a contract under the new Interstate Highway law. The first contract was for work on Interstate 44 in Laclede County. Lebanon had the dubious honor of being the first town in Missouri by-passed by an Interstate highway. 


March 15, 1931

The final Missouri section of pavement was complete and Route 66 is opened between Rolla and Lebanon.