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Wayne Sayles
Editor’s note: The four-part story of Old Salt Road that concluded in the Aug. 7 edition of the Times mentioned an 1865 communication between Capt. William J. Piland, commander of Company I of the 46th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and his superior, Brig. Gen. J. B. Sanborn. Piland’s unit was...

Regina Mozingo
I have always loved writing. About things. About other people’s lives. Those stories are easy for me. But the hardest thing to write about is my own life, especially the scary and sad parts. This year has been full of ups and downs for my family. But nothing was quite like the turn our lives took a...

James McClurg, who in 1842 carved the Salt Road through the Ozarks wilderness from Jacksonport, Arkansas, to Springfield, Missouri, also served as a US Congressman and later as Missouri governor. He died in 1900 and is buried in Lebanon City Cemetery, where his grave is marked by this impressive marker.
Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of Wayne Sayles’ story about the Old Salt Road, a rugged trail carved through the Ozarks by Joseph McClurg in 1842 to transport salt he had purchased in New Orleans to be sold in the market in Springfield. McClurg shipped the salt by steamboat to Jacksonport...

Regina Mozingo
I have always loved writing. About things. About other people’s lives. Those stories are easy for me. But the hardest thing to write about is my own life, especially the scary and sad parts. This year has been full of ups and downs for my family. But nothing was quite like the turn our lives took a...

James McClurg, who in 1842 carved the Salt Road through the Ozarks wilderness from Jacksonport, Arkansas, to Springfield, Missouri, also served as a US Congressman and later as Missouri governor. He died in 1900 and is buried in Lebanon City Cemetery, where his grave is marked by this impressive marker.
Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of Wayne Sayles’ story about the Old Salt Road, a rugged trail carved through the Ozarks by Joseph McClurg in 1842 to transport salt he had purchased in New Orleans to be sold in the market in Springfield. McClurg shipped the salt by steamboat to Jacksonport,...

Jessi Dreckman
As this edition is printed and delivered to the office Wednesday morning, I’ll be spending my last day in the Ozark County Times office as a newspaper reporter. Thursday begins a new chapter in my life as I transition to a new career as a high school English teacher in the Lutie School District for...

Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner accompanied writer Wayne Sayles to the spot where the Old Salt Road crossed the Little North Fork of the White River at Sand Rock, shown here. The pair then traveled on to the crossing called Slick Rock, which they discovered was aptly named.
  Editor’s note: Part 2 of The Old Salt Road, published in last week’s Times, ended with the road nearingwhat is now HH Highway at Isabella, which became a prominent community near the end of the 19th century. This week, in part 3, we follow the Old Salt Road northwest toward the Little North Fork...

Andy and Jane Elder, 1967
Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   Sunday, I turned 74. One year away from three-quarters of a century. It was also my 52nd anniversary. Yes, I was married on my birthday. I thought it would make it easier...

Wayne Sayles
Last week’s column ended in 1842, when 30-year-old Joseph Washington McClurg was working with his father-in-law as a merchant and lead miner at Hazelwood, which is in Wright County near its border with Douglas County. To deal with the dramatically rising salt prices in the region, McClurg launched...

Andy and Jane Elder, 1967
Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   Sunday, I turned 74. One year away from three-quarters of a century. It was also my 52nd anniversary. Yes, I was married on my birthday. I thought it would make it easier...

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