• LOCATION 52 | Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL


    To our left is the village of Waggoner, named after the Waggoner family. George Waggoner was one of the earliest settlers to this area. He arrived from Kentucky in 1830 and had his first farm to our left, on the other side of those four grain silos. By the 1900s, Waggoner had a doctor’s office, a bank, a mercantile store, a lumber business, and a High School that can still be seen on the edge of town. Interestingly, while a railroad passed through the village, Waggoner is one of the few communities on our tour where a coal mine was never sunk. Unfortunately, the future prosperity of the town was sunk when the Interstate passed by and did not construct an exit here. Most of its downtown is now closed, boarded up, and abandoned, and its high school hasn’t held class since 1949.

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Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL