Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kings of the Ville Ride

What: 2nd Annual Kings of the Ville Ride
Where: Downtown Pleasant Hill (at the Train Depot)
When: March 19th, 2016 - 9:00 am Start

Kevin Nierman and the Dirty Dogs bring us the 2nd Annual Kings of the Ville Ride.  A lovely 44 mile route starting in Pleasant Hill, MO and passes through some lovely small towns like  Kingsville,  Gunn City, and East Lynne before returning to Pleasant Hill.

Join us on Face Book for updates and a little history (also see below) :

Route maps are below. 

Kevin is old school like me and uses good ole gmap-pedometer for his online map. Here is the link:

Cue sheet link (pdf) -

Garmin map link:  -

Strava map link:

Kevin's History Lessons:

History Lesson 1:
Kingsville Missouri was founded by settler William King in 1851ish. He was born in Independence, Missouri, in 1831, but due to its growing meth problem, King fled Independence to rural areas to start his own meth operation. Later, conveniently situated on the newly-built rail line, he had access to easy distribution and soon businesses and Meth-odist churches popped up and made it the thriving town it is today. The Stahl Mining Co - originally formed during the Civil War to cast lightweight canons for the South, still mines aluminum to this day. It just looks like a normal building, but the pit inside goes deep down into the earth. Fact.

History Lesson 2:
On this ride, we will pass the grave site of Missouri's famousest dog, Old Drum. Long story short, Old Drum was sniffin' the wrong place at the wrong time. His name was given to him by his owner, Charles Burden, describing the sound it made when he'd beat his dog for dragging home one of his neighbor's dead sheep. Old Drum met his fate three days before Halloween in 1869. So much for that sheep costume he was sewing together in the beet cellar behind the barn. Fact.

History Lesson 3:
Originally, Pleasant Hill Missouri was named "Pleasant Situation on an Elevated Prairie", but the Union Army hated this so much that they imposed a general order (No. 11) commanding they shorten their name or else the towns population would be dispersed and all livestock slaughtered and crops set ablaze. Pleasant Hill complied, obviously. These were hard times. We have it easy. Fact.

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