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Old Stagecoach Stop

Waynesville, Missouri

Old Stagecoach stop in Waynesville

Formerly a hotel called the Waynesville House, the building you see today functioned as a stagecoach stop on the route between Saint Louis and Springfield in the mid-nineteenth century.

The following paragraph is from the official website:

When Civil War broke out, the stage road became important to the Union Army for moving men and supplies from the rail head at Rolla to southwestern Missouri and into Arkansas. A telegraph wire was strung for communication and the already venerable path became known as The Wire Road. The Union positioned a fort on the hill above the town square to guard the road, communications, and to "clear the surrounding country of guerrillas". Colonel Albert Sigel commanded the Waynesville Post and commandeered McDonald's building for a hospital.

In the years following the Civil War, long-distance travel became dominated by railroads, and the former stage stop continued as a hotel.

By the 1960s, the hotel had endured many years of neglect, and finally closed, slated for demolition due to its poor condition and the much-changed business climate since its origination.

In the 1980s the property was purchased by caring citizens who founded the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation in order to preserve it. Today, several of the rooms have been restored to a variety of periods, encompassing some of the many changes the building underwent from its construction in the 1850s to its retirement more than one hundred years later.


About the Old Stagecoach Stop
Business Type: Museum/Preservation
Owner(s): Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation
Address: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation, PO Box 585, Waynesville, MO 65583
Web site:
Directions: On the east side of the square, in the middle of the block on Linn Street. See also our GPS-based Clickable G-Maps.


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