Road trip Southeastern USA 2014 travel blog

a drive though Branson


the seafood buffet

King Kong





heading toward Springfield,MO



wow it happened on my birthday (maybe a few years difference)lol


the Ray house one of the only building to survive the battle

inside the home





the stone springhouse


over 1700 soldiers ofrom both sides were killed in a four battle



a sink hole were 30 Union soldiers were buried

marker for General Lyons who was killed during the battle

peaceful now looking across the field toward Ray's House


old route 66








camp site at Elk City Independence, KS




nice camp

Packed up my car and headed out of Branson with a stop for some breakfast at a place called Sadies great breakfast buffet and the price was great $3.50 for all you could eat, coffee extra. Then out of Branson heading toward Springfield, MO with a stop at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield it took place on August 10 1861 on my birthday (well maybe a few years difference) LOL This is where the second major battle of the civil war took place was only a four hour battle but left 2,539 killed and wounded, One of those killed was Brig Gen. Nataniel Lyons, the first general killed during the civil war. Back on the road with a drive along the old route 66 heading toward Kansas, was almost to the KS line when I saw a sign that said Purcell 3 miles to the right so I was off to check out this town, very small around 400 people, stop at post office to see if I could find out more information about the town, postmaster said I should talk with a older lady Mrs. Marlene Erwin who had lived there many years, so was off to see if I could find her. I knocked on her door told her my name and that I was looking for more information about the town, her invited me in and we had a great talk, town was started by James Purcell in 1903 and became a township in 1904, he was a farmer, sheriff and later a miner, told where to find some of the Purcell markers in the cemetery. Then back on the into Kansas and my camp for the night at Elk City , Independence, KS, a very nice evening a couple beers some chicken and calling it a night.

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