Myths and Mysteries of Missouri: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained

Myths and Mysteries of Missouri: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained

by Josh Young

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Myths and Mysteries of Missouri dispels any notion that the Show Me State is a boring place harboring little unknown. Thirteen diverse chapters, each a story unto itself, probe dark secrets, unexplained phenomena, legendary individuals and actual events which leave people incredulous to this day. Much in this well-researched book has been largely forgotten, but the author's lively and amusing style will awaken curiosity in lifelong residents and armchair visitors alike

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762772261
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Myths and Mysteries Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 761,868
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Young transited Missouri countless times before he ever thought he wanted to live in the Show Me State. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Indiana University, Josh taught kids from college to kindergarten before doing a stint as a family services caseworker. One year, when he should have known better, he shouldered a sixty-pound backpack, hitchhiking around the United States. That grand adventure introduced him to the Missouri/Arkansas Ozarks. Settling on a little farm deep in the woods near Branson (with Johnny and June Cash for neighbors briefly), Josh continued social work, while garnering a few awards for a locally syndicated humor column. He currently works and plays at his home at Long Creek Herb Farm. He is still trying to decide what to do when he grows up.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 Jim the Wonder Dog 1

Chapter 2 Tempus Fugit While a Cave Keeps Its Secrets 14

Chapter 3 This Missouri Hideout Was Not a Jesse James Cave 27

Chapter 4 The Lost Silver Mine and the Mystery of Yocum Dollars 39

Chapter 5 A Larger-Than Life Lady 55

Chapter 6 In New Madrid Order the Malt, Not a Shake 71

Chapter 7 Tom Bass: Legendary Horse Whisperer 90

Chapter 8 Mastodons and Mammoths in Missouri 105

Chapter 9 The Three Springfield Women: Vanished 120

Chapter 10 The Flight of the Atlantic: Fueled by Plenty of Hot Air 135

Chapter 11 Searching for Round Rocks and Stardust 148

Chapter 12 Jesse James Lives On in Infamy 160

Chapter 13 Earth Light, Earth Bright, Hope I See a Light Tonight 174

Bibliography 185

Index 191

About the Author 196

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Myths and Mysteries of Missouri: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PatsyBellHobson More than 1 year ago
This book just screams “Road Trip!” After reading it, Show-Me residents will have to revisit some of these mysteries for themselves. True, many native Missourians will have heard something about most of these sites. Residents may even live near one of these anomalies. The thirteen mysteries are scattered across the state. Each topic is perfect for a day-trip. Select a few mysteries and getaway on a weekend mystery tour. This is where Myths and Mysteries of Missouri shines. There are Jesse James Days, festivals, carnivals, websites, marathons and parades honoring the bank robber. How much of the legend is true? Super sleuth Josh Young has investigated how Jesse James managed to avoid capture, even while living a normal life in public. Practically every public touring cave in Missouri claims to be a Jessee James hideout. He is a local hero and his name is known world wide. Josh Young's book separates the notoriety form the nonsense. Buy autographed copies at Long Creek Herbs.
artisticlynn More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading MYTHS AND MYSTERIES OF MISSOURI, by Josh Young.  In this neat little book, Young details 13 “True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained,” providing an amazing amount of research and his own sometimes humorous theories. (He is known locally for a syndicated humor column.)  The stories are all very different, so each new chapter was a surprise.  I’m not from Missouri, but Young has definitely put the “Show Me” in this state.  Everything from destructive earthquakes to a dog that could predict the winner of the Kentucky Derby - a fun read and great learning experience.