The Biggest Race of Its Kind

Imagine a race that might last over three days and in that time, you may not sleep at all, or very little, with the ground for a bed.  It may not sound that appealing, but it’s a race that draws plenty of participants for the biggest of its kind…

Days of Sprinting

Folks in Clinton, Missouri know there is quite a racer in their midst, a man who’s sprint was not measured in minutes or seconds, but rather in days…

The Top Mounted Military Man in the Nation

Before their was a U.S. cavalry, this man was noted to be the top mounted military man in the nation.  His skills were so impressive that the future president of the confederacy wrote of his keen ability to lead men on the high plains.  However, few have heard of him, mostly due to the huge shadow cast by his prominent father…

The Baby of the Boone Family

Most of us remember the frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone from our history books.  However, we may not be familiar with his children and their equally impressive contributions to building America.  The baby of the family was perhaps the most successful…

British Soldiers Residing in the US

Imagine a small U.S. farm town with British soldiers who had residences there.  No, we are not talking about the Revolutionary War, but rather World War I, and there was a very good reason why those Brits spent a lot of time in that place…

The Mule Capital of the World

It was once the mule capital of the world.  You can still find some mules there and if you go to the school, well, they are the mules too.  We dig into a story about those animals and exactly why they were so important here…

When The Teeth Are The Main Attraction

Every dentist that has ever advised not to crush ice or hard candy with one’s teeth will not want to meet Steve Schmidt. His teeth are the main attraction and what results from each of his shows is sure to make a dentist squirm–and perhaps you as well…

Mules in World War I

My grandfather was born in 1903 and remembered the nation’s fight to win World War I.  In fact, my grandfather was pretty angry when his father sold one of their best mules to be sent to Europe during the war…

A Coveted Tool to Defeat the Enemy

Even before the United States entered World War I, American farms were important in helping the allies win the conflict.  In particular, it was one type of livestock that became a coveted tool in the work to defeat the enemy…

Stories of a Pioneer Girl Growing Up

It is hard to imagine it happened mostly by accident…eight books and a ten year television series all based on one young pioneer girl’s memories of growing up.  The stories were written here, and people from around the world still come to visit…

Childhood Stories

She never set out to become a famous author…she was simply writing down some stories from her childhood.  But those memories became one of the best known series of children’s books, a series still popular today…

Hotel Rooms for $11 A Night

Connie Echols admits she was crazy when she purchased the business just down the street.  She had no idea what she’d gotten herself into.  That’s what happens when buy a 70 year old motel that rents rooms for $11 a night…

A Grand Mansion For the Family

In the days just ahead of the Civil War, one prominent young lady in New Madrid, Missouri built a grand mansion for her family.  Perhaps no one could imagine the turmoil she would see before that home was complete…

Going to Where the Need Is

For Rich Casebolt it’s always been about going to where the need is, not waiting for the need to come to you…

Coffee That Helps Fill a Need

A lot of people enjoy a good cup of coffee every morning, but here it was hard to find such a thing.  This shop opened to fill much more than that need…

An Unbelievable Story

It’s a story that will probably make you mad, make you laugh and shake your head AND a story you’ll probably pass along to someone else because it seems so unbelievable…

Prison Warden: Balancing Act

It’s a job that can be a real balancing act.  A place where you have to manage the best and worst of people and somehow try to keep things running smoothly…

The Path of a Heavyweight Champion

When this man became heavy weight champion of the world, one of the first men he thanked was a prison boxing coach.  It’s the tale of an unlikely route…

The Largest Prison in the Nation

It was once the largest prison in the nation and quite possibly the world.  A place housing criminals from a huge swath of the US…

Three Decades in a Supermax Prison

This week we focus on a man who spent over three decades of his life in a SuperMax state prison…