Pumpkin Center

So, I don’t actually have a story to about why Pumpkin Center is called Pumpkin Center, but I do have some interesting, random, Pumpkin Center facts. I was looking for information on Pumpkin Center, MO, (where Kay Barnes’ mother was born), to continue the Missouri theme, and found that since the highway was put in …

Black Jack

Black Jack, MO, is not not named after the card game. In the 1840s there was a cluster of three Black Jack oak trees at the intersection of Parker and Old Halls Ferry Roads, which was about 12 miles from the St. Louis County Courthouse. These three trees were not little scrubby trees like Black …

Peculiar

Peculiar, MO, was named in 1868 by, of all people, the Postmaster General. When the post office was being established, the people who lived in the area chose three possible names and sent them to the post office, but all three of them were already in use. Frustrated, they wrote to the Postmaster General and …