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) : https://www.facebook.com/events/348859961904311/353006941489613/
Route maps are below.
Kevin is old school like me and uses good ole gmap-pedometer for his online map. Here is the link: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6815844
Cue sheet link (pdf) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B30D1tq16zzIN09DWGcySHY4YTA/view
Garmin map link: - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11830967
Strava map link: https://www.strava.com/routes/4374239
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.