Big BAM Announces 2022 Ride Route

Missouri Life Magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will ride across Route 66 in June. The upcoming annual six-day recreational ride across our state will be hosted by the following towns: Joplin, Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville, Rolla, Cuba, and Eureka.  


Big BAM preps for upcoming Route 66 ride

The 2022 edition of Missouri Life magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will take place along Route 66 from June 12-18,starting in Joplin and ending in Eureka. More than 100 cyclists have already registered for the adventure.


Basket of red apples

December 9, 1897

The Lebanon Rustic Republican reported that President William McKinley had received a barrel of big red apples from Absalom Nelson of Lebanon.


Big BAM 2022 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Ride America’s historic Route 66 across Missouri in June 2022! You’ll ride along historic sites and iconic points of interest as you meander from Joplin to Eureka. You will experience the beautiful scenic Ozarks and pastoral countryside as well as passing along wineries and breweries and true Americana at its best!


Cheers to 200 Years: 21 Bicentennial Events

Celebrate Missouri's bicentennial all year long.


There are many antique shops located in Southwestern Missouri, a travel destination for many seeking decor from the past

Antiquing in Southwest Missouri

Pick a starting point and explore all of the antiques southwest Missouri has to offer.


Fried fish platter with green beans, okra, macaroni and cheese with tomato and lemon garnishes at the Dining Lodge at Bennet Spring State Park

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. 


Route 66 Missouri Postcard

March 15, 1931

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