A Steel Post and a Glow Plug

What’s a steel fence post and a diesel glow plug have to do with saving lives?  It was just one of the creative ideas you’ll find at this museum – a place dedicated to using the past to train people for the future…

Going to a Museum to Prepare for the Future

It may seem odd to take young men and women to a museum to help prepare them for the future.  But that’s exactly what happens here and our country’s military is better for it.

A Place Carved in the Woods

It’s a place carved from the woods – a place created from the necessities of World War II.  Yet, it remains today, an important place in the past, present and future of our country…

Unearthing the Bones of an Unknown Animal

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature and traveling the nation to tell its story. That’s exactly what happened just south of St. Louis…

A Motel With a Radio in Every Room

This motel advertisers a “radio in every room.”  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too elegant, but it’s doing a nice business on the same spot for the last 80 years or so…

Movie Stars on Wide-Open Roads

There was a time when the movie stars of the day did not fly to their destination, but rather drove their own expensive cars on the wide-open roads.  This story is about one such star on a trip…

Searching for the Crossroads of the Nation

He was a man in search of the crossroads of the nation.  For of course, that would be the best place to build a business – a site where traffic from all directions would meet…

Man’s Best Friend

We’ve all heard of man’s best friend…but it was this dog that probably gave us the phrase so common today.  We’ll go to a county courthouse where a dog, his owner and a famous lawyer made history…

A Famous Canine

In the courthouse square in Warrensburg, Missouri you will find a statue in tribute to a dog named Old Drum.  He’s one famous canine who had a case go all the way to the state supreme court…

A Career That Brings Romance

Barry Yantis’ family has been in this family business since the days of World War II.  It’s a career that brings smiles to people’s faces around Valentines Day, perhaps even some romance…

The 100th Birthday of a Candy Bar

When you rank candy bars by the date they were first introduced, this would be the third oldest in the nation.  It’s celebrating it’s one hundredth birthday this year and we go to the birthplace…

A Mercantile Company That Invented

It was in 1876 a new mercantile company began business.  It may not sound that significant if not for one of the products they would end up inventing…

50 Years of Broadcasting Major League Baseball

162 games a year for 50 years…that’s over 8000 baseball games…and this man has seen virtually every single one of them.  Then again…that’s his job.  We’ll head to the stadium to catch a game with him…

Keeping the Listener Interested Calling a Ballgame

When a baseball broadcaster has to describe a game that is lackluster at best, they may resort to talking about all kinds of things to keep a listener interested.  Perhaps they even talk about things like utility poles…

 

Getting a Mule to Obey

Mules can be stubborn.  So what do you do with a mule that simply won’t obey?  Wilbur was told what he should do, but whether he’d ever follow that advice again is very much in question

A Medic Caring for Four Legs

Medics are an important part of an army, taking care of the wounded on the front lines, risking their own lives to save those of others.  This man had that job, but those he cared for had four legs…

Taking Skills from the Farm to War

Like many young American men in the 1940s, Wilbur Taylor was headed to war.  But his job would be a unique one requiring some of the skills he knew from the farm…

More Than Two Blocks of Murals

Michelangelo had a very large canvass when he began work on the Sistine chapel.  Make a trip to this river town and you’ll find a man who had two and a half blocks of canvass to fill…

Where Civil War Engineers Ran Out of Names

Civil War engineers were simply running out of names…but that doesn’t mean the forts here were not important.  It’s a place where the Union troops simply named their forts for the letters of the alphabet…

Rememberance of the Trail of Tears

Many of us have heard of the Trail of Tears.  This community chose to honor those who were forced to make that journey.  It turn a group of individuals comes here every year on bicycles in remembrance as well…